Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger to FAA: Do your job!

Jun 20, 2014
Press Release





CHARLOTTE – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) wrote the Federal Aviation Administration, asking for the third time that Washington bureaucrats make a decision on an operating certificate for the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Commission.

Co-signed by eight Members of the North and South Carolina Congressional delegation, Congressman Pittenger referenced recent state legislation which clarifies the role of the commission within the City of Charlotte government.

“The FAA has now received everything it has requested, including answers to its questions regarding the Commission Act in the most definitive format possible – legislation,” wrote Congressman Pittenger.  “The General Assembly’s amendments to the Commission Act are not an interpretation of the law, as an opinion from the court or the Attorney General would have been; they are the law.”

Congressman Pittenger remains neutral on which party should manage the Charlotte airport, but is concerned the ongoing debate and “bureaucratic hot potato” will be bad for the economy and job creation.

“Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is the critical economic engine for our region,” said Congressman Pittenger after signing the letter.  “The new intermodal transportation facility will create thousands of jobs, and the airport is vital in recruiting new businesses to move to our community.

“Today, we reminded the FAA they can no longer ‘kick the can,’ but must assume their legally-mandated responsibilities and take action now.”

Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08), Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Congressman Howard Coble (NC-06), Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11), Congressman George Holding (NC-13), and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (NC-02) joined Congressman Pittenger in signing today’s letter to the FAA.