January 23, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 14 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AFFECTED BY THE SHUTDOWN; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 14
(House of Representatives - January 23, 2019)
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[Page H1011] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AFFECTED BY THE SHUTDOWN (Ms. SCHAKOWSKY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. SCHAKOWSKY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to share with you a letter from Antonio, a constituent of mine affected by this shutdown. He says: I am an air traffic controller at O'Hare Airport. This is already a stressful job, but a job that I love. This shutdown is adding an extra layer of stress to all of the controllers working around the country. With the shutdown going past a month, we are all stressing about bills, how to put food on the table, how to pay for childcare, et cetera. We don't have the luxury of escaping from the stress of this job because, when we go home, the stress just continues as worrying. Finding out that our vision and dental benefits would be billed to us with the expectation that we pay those bills out of our own pockets, despite having no paycheck for over a month, has only added to that stress. This shutdown is going to be a massive safety risk for the flying public if it doesn't end soon. I have more from Antonio, which I will include in the Record later. ____________________