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American, US Airways employees rally at Capitol Hill

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American Airlines headed to Capitol Hill Wednesday to gain congressional support for its merger with U.S. Airways.

Hundreds of people from both carriers took part in Wednesday's "fly-in" rally on the steps of the Capitol and then visited with congressional representatives. Many held signs that read, "Let us compete together."

Texas congressional leaders from both parties also attended the rally.

"You are the first people I see as I start my work week and most importantly, you're the people that take me home at the end of every work week," said U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess of Lewisville. "I want you to be successful."

The airlines claimed it was the first time employees from merging companies held such a rally on Capitol Hill.

The airlines agreed to an $11 billion merger earlier this year. But, the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit saying it will raise ticket prices and reduce flights.

"We want this thing done. We want this merger to happen. It's the right thing for our employees. It's the right thing for our customers and it's the right thing for this industry. We gotta get it done," said Lauri Curtis, the vice president of flight services for American Airlines, on Tuesday before departing for the rally.

Seven states including Texas have also joined the federal lawsuit. The case goes to court on Nov. 25

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