Kansas delegation urges action on FAA bill

WICHITA — Kansas' congressional delegation today sent a letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to bring the Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill to the floor.

"We write in response to the growing instability faced by Kansas businesses and employees due to a lack of long term federal aviation policy," the letter said. "We urge you to provide both chambers an opportunity to vote on a long term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Airport and Airways Trust Fund. The current authority for both programs expires this year."

The letter was sent to Senate majority leader Harry Reid and House speaker Nancy Pelosi by Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback and Reps. Todd Tiahrt, Jerry Moran and Lynn Jenkins.

"One way Congress can help provide stability to this industry and their employees is to pass a long term reauthorization bill," the letter said. "As businesses struggle to emerge from the recession, long range planning is necessary to successfully rebuild."