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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster Hosts Jeff Aulbach, New Hampshire Air Traffic Controller at State of the Union Address

Feb 5, 2019
Press Release

A high resolution version of this photo is available HERE

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will host Jeff Aulbach, a New Hampshire Air Traffic Controller from Brookline, at tonight’s State of the Union Address. Aulbach has been an Air Traffic Controller since 1989 and has been assigned to Boston Center in Nashua for 29 years. He worked without pay during the 35-day government shutdown.

“It’s unfair to ask federal employees tasked with ensuring the safety of the American people to work without pay,” said Jeff Aulbach. “Using federal employees as bargaining chips for people in Washington to achieve political goals hurts hardworking Americans and puts their safety at risk. This is unacceptable, and I appreciate the opportunity to join Congresswoman Kuster at the State of the Union as she continues her efforts to prevent another harmful shutdown.”

“Air Traffic Controllers and federal employees, such as Jeff, displayed their commitment to serving the public during President Trump’s irresponsible and unnecessary government shutdown, working diligently without pay to maintain the safety and efficiency of our air travel systems,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “We owe it to all Americans to keep the government running. Using a government shutdown as a negotiating tool is simply unacceptable. As February 15th approaches, I urge President Trump and Congressional leadership to focus on keeping the government open. Important discussions about how we can most effectively keep our nation safe should not be rushed under the threat of a shutdown. I’m hosting Jeff Aulbach at the State of the Union to underscore the threat that government shutdowns pose to public safety.”

The unions that represent air traffic controllers, pilots and flight attendants expressed their serious concern about the impact of the government shutdown on public safety, writing, “We have a growing concern for the safety and security of our members, our airlines and the traveling public due to the government shutdown.” Kuster and Aulbach will underscore the importance of not allowing government shutdowns to be used as leverage and bargaining tools. The short-term government funding agreement that was reached last week currently expires on February 15th and Kuster will continue to advocate for an agreement that prevents another shutdown.

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