Aviation Industry United Against Additional Taxes, Fees
September 21, 2011 –EAA and more than two dozen other aviation organizations, including GA, airline, and labor groups, sent letters to House and Senate leaders today urging them to reject president Obama's proposal for additional taxes and fees on the aviation industry.
Among the bipartisan group of Congressional leaders receiving the letter were House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), as well as members of the congressional "supercommittee" working on deficit reduction strategies. The statement included representatives from nearly the entire U.S. aviation industry and urged Congress to "reject proposed increases in taxes or fees which will stifle the important contribution that aviation makes to our economy through travel and trade, and undermine an already fragile economic recovery."
The letter pointed out that aviation represents 5.6 percent of the nation's total Gross Domestic Product, $1.2 trillion in economic activity, and 11 million jobs.
"What is noteworthy about the letter to congressional leaders is the across-the-board agreement by the national aviation community, from GA to airlines and labor groups," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations. "There is no doubt regarding the unity shown in opposition to what additional taxes and fees could do the America's aviation industry, which remains a major export industry for our nation."
The letter also recommended that Congress and the Administration focus on increasing U.S. international competitiveness in aviation. That includes ensuring "that tax and infrastructure policy are focused on strengthening U.S. aviation leadership and furthering the safety and modernization of the aviation system."