Roger F. Wicker

Air traffic privatization plan hits turbulence in Congress

President Donald Trump's plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system is running into bipartisan opposition in Congress, where Republicans fret that it could raise costs for air travelers and hurt small airports.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., called the proposal "a tough sell" in states like his, where small airports are common. At a hearing Wednesday, Wicker told Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao that "the sale needs to be made, and it needs to be made convincingly" if the administration hopes to move forward with a plan that U.S. airlines and some House Republicans have long advocated.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said privatization would...

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