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In an 81-to-18 vote, the U.S. Senate reached an agreement on Jan. 22 to end a three-day shutdown of the federal government and continue funding through Feb. 8.

The Capitol is home to the U.S. Congress and its House and Senate governing bodies, two of the many government agencies that have influence over general aviation. Photo by David Tulis.

Nearly 18,000 furloughed FAA staffers returned to work Jan. 23 and resumed processing aircraft registrations, an agency function that was halted during the congressional impasse.

Fearing a longer shutdown, AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker, along with five other general aviation leaders, in a Jan. 21 letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, urged the agency to re-open the aircraft registration branch, citing safety, international obligations, and economic consequences should the registry remain closed.

The concern was based on experience. In 2013, the shutdown brought aircraft financing, purchases, and deliveries to a halt. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the 2013 shutdown delayed 156 aircraft deliveries valued at $1.9 billion.

AOPA will continue to work with legislators to achieve a steady funding stream for the FAA.

Amelia Walsh

Communications Coordinator
AOPA Communications Coordinator Amelia Walsh joined AOPA in 2017. Named after the famous aviatrix, she comes from a family of pilots and is currently working on her pilot certificate.
Topics: Advocacy, Capitol Hill, Economic Impact

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