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Washington, DC, June 19, 2020 – NBAA today welcomed action last evening by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to advance the Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, and applauded the inclusion of an amendment promoting diversity and workforce development in business aviation, and all transportation sectors vital to the nation’s economy.
Transportation has been pivotal to America’s safety and security during the COVID-19 pandemic, with business aviation key to the delivery of medical supplies, and a crucial connection for thousands of communities across the country without commercial airline service. As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread, the trucking, maritime and general aviation sectors also reminded congressional leaders of transportation’s essential role in our lives, and highlighted the need to strengthen the country’s supply chains to enhance disaster-response preparedness.
The INVEST in America Act recognizes the importance of the U.S. transportation industry with the addition of the bipartisan Promoting Service in Transportation Act (H.R. 5118) as part of the Manager’s Amendment. The legislation supports and strengthens the transportation industry by authorizing the Department of Transportation to develop a series of targeted broadcast, digital and print public service announcements to attract a new, diverse and inclusive generation of transportation workers.
“On behalf of NBAA and the broader transportation community, I thank Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee Rick Larsen (D-2-WA) for his dedication to H.R. 5118, and commend the work of the bill’s original co-sponsors, Don Young (R-AK) and Angie Craig (D-2-MN), to help build a brighter future for the transportation industry in the INVEST in America Act,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
“It is imperative that all of us protect the future of our nation, and by providing people of all races, genders, ethnicities and socioeconomic status an opportunity to enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career in transportation, we ensure the future success of a vital part of our economy,” Bolen added. “NBAA members have been vocal supporters for H.R. 5118, and I encourage all of our members to continue this advocacy by engaging with members of Congress to support the transportation workforce.”
Now that the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has completed its markup of INVEST in America Act, the bill will continue moving through the legislative process.
To learn more about NBAA’s congressional outreach, please visit the association’s Contact Congress resource.
NBAA is dedicated to bolstering the business aviation workforce of today and developing and diversifying the next generation of industry leaders. Find out more about the organization’s Workforce initiatives.
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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at nbaa.org.
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