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FAA Funding Receives Another Extension

April 2, 2009 — For the past three years, funding for the FAA and the management of national airspace has been provided via continuation funding bills, a Congressional stop-gap whereby a federal agency is allowed to continue operations when no annual budget has been approved for that agency. As a result of the battle against user fees and other impediments, Congress failed to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007, thus leaving the FAA without a formal budget. As the extension of this bill expired at the end of March, Congress recently approved legislation extending the programs and funding of this bill through September 30, 2009.

If passed, President Obamaís proposed budget would take effect on October 1, 2009.

When Congress reconvened in January, the House of Representatives took up H.R. 915, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009, which, in its current form, does not call for user fees. Like the reauthorization package that the House okayed in 2007, this reauthorization package would continue the use of aviation excise taxes to fund the FAA, the nationís air traffic control system, and the national airspace modernization initiatives. The Senate has yet to take up action.

EAA will continue its fight against general aviation user fees. Members should be prepared to unite behind this cause, just as they did in 2007.

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