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Johanns to Obama – 'Don't Demonize General Aviation'
July 11, 2011
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  • July 4, 2011
    Co-founder of the Senate General Aviation Caucus Calls on President to Support Job Creation in General Aviation Industry
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), co-chair of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, responded to yesterday’s remarks by President Obama criticizing general aviation.
    “It may be good politics at the White House to demonize the general aviation industry, but it is unwise,” said Johanns. “At a time when we should be doing everything possible to encourage job growth, the President is engaging in class warfare. Painting the picture of business executives on a corporate jet seems to present too easy a target for the President to score political points, but the reality is that good people lose jobs when we play politics with an entire industry. This Administration has purported to prioritize the creation of new jobs, but the President’s shortsighted comments yesterday have the potential to cause a chilling effect on the business of more than a million jobs that depend on the general aviation industry – including many in Nebraska.”
    According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the U.S. general aviation industry is a source of approximately 1.2 million jobs and contributes more than $150 billion to the U.S. economy each year.
    Johanns and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) formed the General Aviation Caucus in 2009 to work with pilots, aircraft owners, the aviation industry and relevant government agencies to insure that a safe and vibrant environment exists for General Aviation in our country. The Caucus also serves to educate Members of Congress, staff and the public on a variety of aviation issues and provides a forum for discussion with leaders in the aviation community.

    Date: 2011-07-04