Reprinted from CNN by Devan Cole on January 7, 2019.
A national pilots association is urging President Donald Trump “to take the necessary steps” to end the partial government shutdown, saying that the stalemate is “adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system.”
In a letter sent to the President on January 2, Captain Joe DePete, the president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International said that he was writing “(on) behalf of the 61,000 pilots” that belong to to the association to address the issues caused by the shutdown, which is now in its 16th day.
“On behalf of the 61,000 pilots of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), I am writing to urge you to take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government agencies that is adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system,” DePete wrote in the letter. …