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Nebraska Senator Leads Bipartisan Support of Rural Air Service Program

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Monday, led a bipartisan group of senators in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao highlighting their concerns about the administration’s proposed cuts to the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.

The EAS program incentivizes air carriers to provide service to rural areas and is critical to ensuring air service continues for rural Nebraska. Nebraska’s small and community airports in Alliance, Chadron, Grand Island, McCook, North Platte, Kearney, and Scottsbluff rely on this program.

In their letter, the senators also encourage Secretary Chao to continue working with Congress to ensure continued support for aviation services in our nation’s rural communities.

Other senators who signed the letter include: Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Shelley Capito (R-W.Va.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).

The letter follows Senator Fischer’s questions to Secretary Chao about EAS at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing earlier this month. Chao assured Fischer she’s working toward solutions to keep the program running.

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