Bolen Says User Fee Debate May Extend Into 2008
Say... whatever happened to the FAA reauthorization debate? The
National Business Aviation Association tells ANN the hot-button
issue near the forefront of legislative debate just two months ago,
is now stewing on the back burner. For how long, though, no one
Last week, Congress passed a "Continuing Resolution" bill
extending the current FAA authorization through December 14. By
that date, Congress must either pass a new FAA reauthorization
bill... or extend the current FAA yet bill again.
Congress voted to extend funding the agency once before, in
September... and NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen says it's likely
to be extended again, too.
"With a crowded schedule, and a limited number of business days
left in this congressional session, it appears that the FAA
reauthorization debate may continue into the new year," said
As ANN reported, the House of
Representatives passed its version of legislation to fund the FAA,
H.R. 2881,on September 21 -- days before funding for the FAA ran
out. However, a vote by the Senate on its version of the bill,
S.1300, is still pending. When that finally happens, both bills
will have to be reconciled, consolidated, and voted on, before
heading to the White House for final approval.
Bolen says that may take months... but adds pilots concerned
about the potential for user fees for business and general aviation
shouldn't give up the battle, even in the face of a glacial
"NBAA Members should continue making their voices heard on the
issue with their elected representatives, who will be in their home
states over the holidays," Bolen said. "Our industry must keep
sending a message to Congress in support of the fuel tax for FAA
funding, and against user fees."