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Petri, Costello Urge President: No Aviation User Fees

January 26, 2011 — Congressmen Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) were joined by 114 other House members in sending a letter to President Barack Obama urging that aviation user fees not be imposed to fund the FAA and that the current system of excise taxes has proven to be a stable and efficient source of funding.

“In 2009 we sent a bipartisan letter to President Obama requesting that aviation user fees not be part of the 2011 budget proposal,” said Petri, who serves as chairman of the House aviation subcommittee. “This effort was supported by the general aviation and business aviation community, and we were pleased our message was heard and no user fees were proposed. Now we want that message heard again. We don’t want the administrative nightmare which would result from user fees.”

Costello, ranking Democratic member of the subcommittee, added, “We are making another strong statement with this letter that a user fee proposal would be a step backward. This is an issue that we have had bipartisan agreement on in recent years and there is no reason to reconsider it. User fees are a non-starter.”

To read a copy of the letter, click here.

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