EAA Stays Engaged In FAA Reauthorization Negotiations
October 17, 2007 — Important negotiations surrounding FAA reauthorization legislation continue behind the scenes, as EAA continues to meet with key congressional staff members to advocate on behalf of its members and general aviation. EAA asks that its members be ready to act if needed to contact Congress and help ensure that user fees appear nowhere in this important legislation.
Here is where things stand: The House easily passed HR 2881, the bill favored by general aviation, in late September. That bill does not contain user fees as a part of the FAA's funding mechanism. In the other chamber, the Senate's S.1300 has yet to be scheduled for a floor vote. That bill's excise tax provisions, however, were closely aligned with the House version's by the Senate Finance Committee, but the $25 per-flight charge for IFR flight plans by turbine aircraft remains.
EAA anticipates that when S.1300 gets to the floor, an amendment to remove the $25 user fee is offered and approved before the final vote. S. 1300 would then head to conference with the House bill, from which a final version would emerge and be forwarded to the President.
If an amendment is not offered or does not pass, EAA will ask its members to once again get involved. Meanwhile, the FAA continues operating through at least November 16, courtesy of continuing resolutions passed by both houses of Congress at the end of fiscal year 2007.
For more information on the fight against user fees, please visit www.eaa.org/govt/.