Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y. (17th CD), issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the creation of the New York Aviation Rulemaking Committee to address air space congestion in the metropolitan area...

Any proposal with such a significant impact on quality of life issues should seek a balance between the needs of those engaging in air travel and those living in the communities beneath the airways. Regrettably, to many Members of Congress and to the hundreds of thousands of people we represent the FAA has appeared to be myopically focused on redesigning airspace to solve these problems. The many alternative mechanisms that were discussed at your press conference today were literally ignored over the past several years and, as a result, the effort to address congestion and flight delays will result in real winners and losers.

If all options are truly on the table, then we urge you to hold off any work to begin execution of the airspace redesign record of decision at least until your Aviation Rulemaking Committee and scheduling committees have had an opportunity to review these issues and determine if we can address congestion and flight delays while mitigating the negative impact on our constituents.

We appreciate your efforts on this issue and look forward to working with you.

Rep. Eliot Engel

Rep. Scott Garrett

Rep. Christopher Shays

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen

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