June 3, 2021
NBAA recently joined with more than 30 organizations representing U.S. aviation, trucking, rail and maritime interests to express support to congressional lawmakers for legislation promoting career opportunities available throughout the nation’s transportation sector.
The Promoting Service in Transportation Act (H.R. 3310 and S. 1681) calls on lawmakers to authorize funding for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop a series of broadcast, digital and print public service announcements highlighting available careers in transportation as all sectors of the industry regain strength in the aftermath of COVID-19.
“The pandemic has reminded all of us how vital transportation is to our economy and our lives,” reads the coalition’s letter to leaders of the House and Senate transportation committees. Although COVID-19 temporarily impacted hiring of new workers across the industry, “as recovery continues the demand for qualified workers will return, and the workforce shortage will yet again destabilize transportation operations.”
The coalition further noted the DOT campaign would also promote greater diversity throughout the next-generation transportation workforce. “H.R. 3310 and S. 1681 are an opportunity to highlight for young people of all races, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses that transportation careers are good, high paying jobs that embrace technology and offer a bright future,” the letter continued.
While the coalition is currently seeking additional co-sponsors for the legislation, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen noted the ultimate goal is to see the Promoting Service in Transportation Act included as part of a larger infrastructure measure.
“This is a critical moment for such an opportunity to inform future generations of the many opportunities in transportation, as our country is having a historic discussion on the future of infrastructure,” he said. “We are excited to have attracted this broad coalition of support for this important legislation to promote a robust future transportation workforce that is also more diverse, equitable and inclusive to all.”
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen (D-2-WA), Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. Angie Craig (D-2-MN) reintroduced the NBAA-supported legislation from the previous Congress, with Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) sponsoring the Senate bill.