Amendment blocks FAA funding for TRACON Consolidations at SE TX Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) hails the passage of the Hastings/Poe/Filner/Bono amendment to H.R. 3074, the Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act for FY08, by a vote of 268-158.

"This is a major victory for the Southeast Texas Regional Airport," said Poe. "This amendment blocks all funding appropriated to the FAA to consolidate TRACON facilities across the country, including those at Southeast Texas Regional Airport in Beaumont. I will continue to work in bipartisan fashion with my colleagues in Congress and local officials to put an end to the notion of consolidation in our area indefinitely. The safety and security in our skies is far more valuable than any attempt by the FAA to save money. The FAA failed to prove time and time again that these proposed consolidations will save any money or jobs."