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Citing a “need to keep families together,” President Obama is expected to veto a bill in Congress which would require U.S. airlines to make flights using only privately owned jets, starting this year.
“The proposed bill is an attempt to weaken and delay regulations on the use of government-operated air carriers that have been an important part of our economy and provide essential connectivity to our nation’s business and consumers for more than half a century,” President Obama (who has spent a large portion of the last year on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard) told Congress on Wednesday in a letter that he wrote for his wife, Michelle. “That proposal may limit airline innovation. It could undermine America’s leadership in open, global markets. And it puts American workers at a disadvantage.”
An administration spokesperson, however, maintained that the president would veto the bill unless both chambers of Congress included “special rules that are less burdensome to the airlines” and “increased competition for air-traffic control and other key airports services.”
The airlines’ trade group, Airlines for America, has been calling on Congress to include legislation which would require airlines to use private jets entirely by the end of this year. The proposal, first put forward by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), a bill which passed the House this summer, was met with heavy criticism from airlines and advocacy groups which argued that it would make it even harder to grow.
“If you want to take the air-traffic control system we have to have private planes with private pilots because of how they can be regulated,” David Plouffe, Obama’s former campaign manager, told Politico Magazine earlier this month.
“You cannot have it both ways,” he added, as an illustration of how it makes air traffic more complicated and costly.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-