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August 17, 2011

Johanns Supports General Aviation Rally in Iowa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), cofounder of the Senate General Aviation (GA) Caucus, today issued the following statement in support of today’s GA rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“I want to commend general aviation supporters for hosting today’s event and reminding folks of the important role general aviation plays in our economy, from job creation to essential transportation,” said Johanns. “President Obama crossed the line earlier this summer when he unfairly demonized the general aviation industry for political gain. The general aviation industry supports more than a million jobs across the country, many in Nebraska.  The President needs to focus on fixing our economy and fostering job creation, not jeopardizing the ones that already exist.”

The rally was held a day after President Obama visited Iowa as part of his Midwest bus tour.


  • According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), 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 ensure 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.
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