|Next week the House of Representatives will consider the 21ST Century Aviation, Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, a bill to reauthorize the operations of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The bill was voted out of the Transportation& Infrastructure Committee on a largely party-line vote due in large part to the bill’s key tenant – spinning of FAA’s Air Traffic Control operations to a new non-profit corporation, while leaving the FAA in charge of safety regulation and airport grants. Email your House representative NOW and let them know you support increased funding for our nation’s airport infrastructure.
During debate of the bill an AGC-supported amendment increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) was adopted. Unfortunately, the House Budget Committee objected to that increase, which has resulted in a slash to the AIP funding level supported by the committee. In addition to the removal of increased funding for AIP, the AIRR Act also fails to include the AGC-supported lift of the $4.50 Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) cap that airports are seeking to help finance vital airport infrastructure projects.
The bill will soon be considered by the House Rules Committee prior to being taken up by the full House of Representatives, where amendments may be added to provide more funding and financing options for airport infrastructure.
For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at [email protected] or (202) 537-8892.