November 22, 2006
The bipartisan leadership of the Senate and House Appropriations committees has asked President Bush not to send them any user fee proposals when he submits his next budget to Congress.
The joint letter says that such a proposal is outside of their jurisdiction, would have "little or no chance of being enacted into law," and would be a "major impediment to Congress completing its appropriations (spending approvals) work on time."
"While there is currently little overt support for general aviation user fees in Congress, we can't relax," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs.
"We understand that the airlines have a lobbying war chest of millions of dollars, and they view this as the BIG fight when the new Congress takes over. There will be a lot of arm-twisting and a lot of favors called in before Congress writes the new FAA reauthorization bill next year."
That bill will determine if the current tax system in continued, changed, or scrapped for a user fee system to fund the FAA.
November 22, 2006
FAA Financial and Regulatory,
Sometimes in politics, the good news is that bad news won’t happen. Thanks to AOPA, antique aircraft collectors and aviation employers in Louisiana dodged legislative bullets that would have raised the costs of aircraft ownership or of doing business.
The Illinois legislature May 30 approved Senate Bill 2326, a measure that protects aircraft currently operating under a rolling stock exemption.
With the 149 federal contract control towers that faced sequestration-induced shutdowns spared by Congress until Sept. 30, AOPA and other aviation organizations are working to secure the program’s funding in Fiscal Year 2014.