116 Members of U.S. House of Representatives urge no user fees in 2012 budgetJanuary 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
More than a quarter of the House urged President Barack Obama not to include aviation user fees in his 2012 budget in a letter Jan. 21.
The letter, signed by 116 members of Congress, expressed support for the current system of funding for the FAA and said that inclusion of user fees in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget “would be a step backward in our efforts to modernize our air traffic control system and fund FAA operations.” The bipartisan effort was led by Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, and Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), ranking member of the subcommittee. Signatories hoped to duplicate the success of a similar letter sent in 2009 that had 118 signatures. [Full story]