By Keith Laing - 05/05/11 04:32 PM EDT
LaHood and Babbitt acknowledged the rough press the FAA has gotten recently for a spate of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job. But they said that should not stop Congress from giving them multi-year funding.
"While the FAA has, unfortunately, made headlines recently because of a few air traffic controllers who behaved unprofessionally, we have tens of thousands of dedicated employees who work tirelessly to improve our air traffic system," they said. "We are making the necessary safety changes so that we give the best performance day in and day out. We are moving forward, and we need support."
LaHood and Babbitt noted that it has been three-and-a-half years since the FAA has had a long-term appropriation bill passed.