Bolen Says Organization Will Continue To Advocate Against The
White House Proposal
The NBAA has gone on record supporting a move by 195 members of
the U.S. House of Representatives who sent a letter to President
Obama opposing the $100 per-flight user fee proposed in the
administration's fiscal 2013 budget.
(L-R) Representatives Costello,
The strongly worded letter was circulated by Reps. Jerry
Costello (D-12-IL) and Tom Petri (R-6-WI), along with Reps. Sam
Graves (R-6-MO) and John Barrow (D-12-GA). The signatories to the
letter express stalwart Congressional opposition to this year's
proposed aviation user fee and remind the President that when past
administrations have proposed such fees, "Congress has repeatedly
and overwhelmingly rejected them."
Rep. Costello is the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee and Rep. Petri is
the Aviation Subcommittee Chairman. Reps. Graves and Barrow are
co-chairs of the House General Aviation Caucus.
In the letter, the Representatives told the president that
commercial and general aviation, including the manufacturing
sector, are vital industries providing millions of jobs. "We should
work together to support policies that encourage job growth and
strengthen U.S. economic activity," the Representatives wrote.
"Imposing a $100 per flight fee on commercial and general aviation
is the wrong approach, and we respectfully request that you abandon
this idea once and for all."
The Representatives' request was the latest salvo in the general
aviation community's unified battle against aviation user fees.
NBAA has strongly supported the effort to gather signatures for the
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen praised those who signed the
letter, saying, "We thank the Congressional leaders whose letter
reinforces a clear message of Congressional opposition to user
fees. Their staunch support on this critical issue is
Bolen added that NBAA would continue its grassroots mobilization to
ensure that the industry's position on user fees is well understood
by Washington policymakers.
He said the general aviation community has long supported the
well-established and efficient fuel tax now paid for use of the
aviation system. At the same time, the industry has long opposed
new user fees, which would require a large bureaucracy for
management and collection of the fees, and would also impose an
onerous compliance burden on many small and mid-size businesses
that rely on aircraft for business.
Reps. Costello and Petri organized similar letter initiatives in
2009 and in 2011, both also with strong bipartisan support.