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Gardner, Peters, Sullivan, Rosen, Cortez Masto Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Transportation Industry Workforce

Washington, D.C – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gary Peters (MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)announced they introduced bipartisan legislation to expand career opportunities throughout the transportation industry. The Promoting Service in Transportation Act would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to deploy public awareness campaigns highlighting job opportunities in the transportation sector to help fill existing and future workforce shortages. A similar measure was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Rick Larsen (WA-02), Don Young (AK), and Angie Craig (MN-02).

“Colorado’s growing population and economy demand our transportation systems keep pace,” said Senator Gardner. “Pilots, bus drivers, truck drivers, technicians, and more are needed to support Colorado’s transportation priorities, and this bipartisan legislation is aimed at helping connect workers in the Centennial State to transportation job opportunities.”

“Michigan is a hub for transportation, trade and logistics. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, supporting jobs in the transportation industry is even more vital,” said Senator Peters. “This bipartisan bill will help recruit pilots, drivers, technicians and service professionals throughout the transportation industry and build a diverse workforce with the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy.”

“As a frontier state with major communities separated by hundreds of miles, rivers and mountain ranges, Alaska knows how important it is to have a robust and capable workforce to transport our goods and people,” said Senator Sullivan. “Without a vigorous and skilled transportation labor force, all aspects of life and our economy come to a halt. I’m glad to join Congressman Young and Senators Peters, Rosen, Gardner and Cortez Masto in putting forward legislation to fill these critical gaps in service, and promote great career opportunities for pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, truck drivers, and countless other transportation professionals who keep our state and country humming.”

“The transportation sector faces workforce and diversity challenges that we must address now,” said Senator Rosen. “We need to work on innovative ways to ensure we will have a workforce prepared for a 21st century economy. This bipartisan bill will work to raise awareness of jobs available in the transportation industry, such as airline pilots, flight engineers, and flight attendants, while also working to increase diversity in these fields. I will continue to support legislation to help attract the next generation of transportation professionals.”

“The transportation sector can provide many good-paying jobs for hardworking Nevadans, and I’m proud to cosponsor legislation that will help promote this important career field and ensure that we’re attracting the next generation of diverse workers to the industry,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I’ll continue fighting in the Senate to ensure that all Nevadans have access to job training and career opportunities.”

The Promoting Service in Transportation Act would authorize the development of public awareness campaigns that highlight the importance of and address the need for professional truck drivers, mechanics, railroad workers, air traffic controllers, pilots, and other transportation professionals. The legislation would additionally emphasize the importance of diversity in filling vacancies.

The bill is supported by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS), Transport Workers Union (TWU), Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC), National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), American Trucking Association (ATA), National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM), and the Helicopter Association International (HAI).

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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