On behalf of all of NACA’s members, we are saddened to learn of the passing of former House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bud Shuster. During his 28-year tenure representing Pennsylvania’s 9th congressional district, Chairman Shuster passed several major aviation and other transportation infrastructure bills with overwhelming bipartisan support – a rarity in today’s highly partisan environment in Washington.To this day, millions of Americans are benefiting from the aviation systems, highways, ports, and rail and water projects that resulted from his unprecedented ability to bring Republicans and Democrats together in support of the nation’s infrastructure. We express our condolences and prayers to Chairman Shuster’s entire family, including his son, former Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster.
Blue Lightning Initiative
The Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI), led by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is an element of the DHS Blue Campaign. The BLI trains aviation industry personnel to identify potential traffickers and human trafficking victims, and to report their suspicions to federal law enforcement. To date, more than 100,000 personnel in the aviation industry have been trained through the BLI, and actionable tips continue to be reported to law enforcement.