In letters released today by the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, seven U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle asked the Trump administration to stand up for American workers by enforcing trade agreements currently being violated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar. Two letters, one from Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and another from Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Al Franken (D-MN), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), note that the U.S. aviation industry is at risk from the market-distorting behavior of Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, which have received over $50 billion in subsidies from their government owners. These subsidies violate the UAE and Qatar’s bilateral Open Skies agreements with the United States and put over 1.2 million American jobs at risk.
To date, 285 current members of Congress have called for the U.S. government to put a stop to these trade violations that are hurting American workers and communities across the country. Earlier this year, a separate group of six senators and Senator Ted Cruz sent a letter urging action against the Gulf carrier subsidies, along with the delegations of Utah, Illinois, Michigan, Georgia and Minnesota. In addition, 25 Members of Congress from New York and New Jersey and leading local and statewide officials from Utah and Georgia, including the governors, sent similar letters to Trump administration officials.