Congress: US airline industry not for sale

Taking a bold stand against the Bush Administration’s attempts to bypass the authority of Congress, the House of Representatives voted against foreign ownership of U.S. airlines today.Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed an amendment to a transportation appropriations bill to enforce long-standing policies that prohibit foreign interests from exercising actual control over the economic, competitive, safety, and security decisions of U.S. airlines.

United Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) applaud the veto proof action of Congress and thank Representatives for protecting the airline industry, U.S. jobs and all of our communities.

“This afternoon Congress emphatically stated that by air, land or sea vital American interests are not for sale,” stated MEC United AFA-CWA President Greg Davidowitch following the 291-137 vote in favor of the amendment. “Congress made a bold statement about the important role our aviation system plays in our country’s safety and security along with the value of our U.S. aviation jobs and the communities we support. We applaud the action of the House of Representatives and we’re grateful for their attention to our calls. ”

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