The Fight Continues

Leadership From the Cockpit

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This week’s minor setback is no surprise.

As many might know, this week Congress introduced a bill with language that would fully fund a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Allow me to make this a bit clearer. Our elected representatives’ decided to take the side of a state-owned foreign airline over U.S. airlines and their workers, using U.S. taxpayer dollars to help our foreign competitors gain a competitive advantage over our industry.

The bill, which is expected to be taken up by Congress in the coming days, illustrates legislating at its worst—an egregious example of federal lawmakers’ giving priority to influential foreign businesses rather than to an industry that fuels our nation’s economy, supports our national security, and provides tens of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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