"We applaud members of the House Transportation and
Infrastructure Committee for introducing a FAA reauthorization bill
that stands up for small businesses and towns around the country
that rely on small aircraft by rejecting any new, harmful user fee
"This legislation provides the FAA with historically high
funding levels to achieve the goals of air traffic control
modernization, thus proving what the Congressional Budget Office,
Government Accountability Office, and the Inspector General of the
Department of Transportation have all stated: modernization of our
air traffic control system can be achieved without any radical
overhaul of the current funding structure.
"User fees defy the FAA's own contention that commercial
airlines drive the vast majority of air traffic control costs with
their complex hub-and-spoke system. Replacing the current
'pay at the pump' system with an inefficient tax that
disproportionately targets small businesses and rural communities
is not good policy, does nothing to support modernization, and
creates a new layer of unnecessary bureaucracy.
"Members of the House of Representatives have heard from their
constituents that providing airlines with massive tax breaks, and
passing the burden to general aviation, will devastate small
businesses that rely on air transportation.
"Common sense has prevailed in the House of Representatives
version of FAA Reauthorization, and we now urge all members of the
House and Senate to support this legislation that will strengthen
America's air transportation system and not unduly burden small
businesses and towns."
The Alliance also noted funding levels allocated in HR 2881
include $15.8 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) --
over $4 billion more than the Administration's proposal; $13
billion for FAA Facilities & Equipment (F&E) -- over $1
billion more than the Administration's proposal; and $37.2 billion
for FAA Operations.