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Shea-Porter, Kuster Urge Vote to Rename Nashua Air Traffic Control Center

The name change would honor 50-year veteran employee Patty Clark.

Via Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter's website:

NASHUA - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and Congresswoman Annie Kuster called on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to allow a vote on their legislation to designate the air route traffic control center at Nashua Airport as the “Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center” in honor of Patty Clark, a fifty-year veteran of the center.

“This bill…would recognize the dedication of Patty Clark, an exemplary federal employee who has worked at the center since it opened fifty years ago,” Shea-Porter and Kuster wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Cantor. “This bipartisan, no cost legislation would honor a model federal employee who has dedicated her life to public service, and we hope that you will schedule H.R. 1092 for consideration by the full House of Representatives in the very near future.”

The bill was introduced in March and reported out of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on May 16, 2013 by voice vote. It is a companion measure to S. 540, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). That measure was discharged by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and passed the full Senate by unanimous consent on March 21, 2013.

The Boston Center is a separate facility from the Nashua Airport, located at Exit 4 off the Everett Turnpike. 

The full text of the letter is below.

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June 6, 2013

The Honorable Eric Cantor
Majority Leader
United States House of Representatives
H-329, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Leader Cantor:

As you plan the legislative agenda in the House of Representatives for the coming weeks, we urge you to schedule for consideration H.R. 1092, a bill to designate the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the “Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center.”

This bill, which we introduced together, would recognize the dedication of Patty Clark, an exemplary federal employee who has worked at the center since it opened fifty years ago.  Ms. Clark is responsible for administrative functions including scheduling, travel arrangements, and payroll, and is held in high regard by her colleagues at the Center.  Remarkably, Patty has never even taken a sick day during her entire tenure working for the federal government!

H.R. 1092 was reported out of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on May 16, 2013 by voice vote, and is a companion measure to S. 540, which was introduced in the Senate by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Senator Kelly Ayotte.  That measure was discharged by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and passed the full Senate by unanimous consent on March 21, 2013.

This bipartisan, no cost legislation would honor a model federal employee who has dedicated her life to public service, and we hope that you will schedule H.R. 1092 for consideration by the full House of Representatives in the very near future.

Rod Butler June 07, 2013 at 08:47 PM
What a tremendous legacy and honor to be recognized as an icon for your 50 years service. Many came and many went but Pat Clark was a fixture at the Boston Center. Congratulations!!!

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