Keep the Heartland Flying
Late last week, we passed the much publicized Airline Assistance Package (HR 2696). The bill provides financial assistance to our nation's airlines who were hit hard after the September 11th attack on America. A little known provision of the Airline Assistance Bill is a section that clearly outlines the need to continue air service in rural America. My colleague, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA) worked with both Co-Chairs of the Congressional Rural Caucus (myself and Rep. Eva Clayton (NC)) worked together and successfully secured language to "ensure that all communities that had scheduled air service before September 11, 2001 continue to receive adequate air transportation service to smaller communities without interruption." President Bush signed the legislation on Saturday, September 22, 2001.