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Wright & Cornyn Lead Letter asking FAA to Prevent CARES Act Funding from Benefiting Chinese State-Sponsored Businesses

April 20, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ron Wright (R-TX) led a letter with his colleague Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urging Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Dickson to prevent any of the $10 billion for airport infrastructure improvement passed in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act from being used for contracts with Chinese-owned or subsidized companies:

“As you know, aviation is a critical component of our nation’s infrastructure, and airports in particular have been high priority targets by our adversaries.  It has come to our attention that a Chinese state-sponsored passenger boarding bridge company has been able to bid on airport infrastructure projects in the U.S.,” said the Members of Congress.

“We are further requesting you to use all available means to prevent state sponsored entities from receiving CARES Act funding that was intended to support U.S. airports and airport employees and contractors.”

“Given the clear security risk to our airports and the impact on critical infrastructure manufacturers and supply chains, we respectfully request that you exercise your authority to preempt contracting with Chinese owned or subsidized companies for our critical airport infrastructure.”

Senator Gary Peters and Senator Marco Rubio, along with Congressmen Marc Veasey (TX-33), Ross Spano (FL-15), and Michael Waltz (FL-6) also signed the letter. You can view full letter here