House of Representatives Letter: Reject User Fees
October 6, 2011 – A letter opposing aviation user fees, co-signed by a bipartisan group of 119 congressional representatives, is now making its way to U.S. House and Senate leaders as well as the House-Senate “Supercommittee” exploring deficit reductions.
The letter, delivered Thursday afternoon (October 6), simply states that aviation user fees would “have a devastating impact on the aviation industry and fails to achieve our shared goal of improving the economy and creating jobs.” The Obama administration has included the surcharge proposal in its most recent budget and jobs package sent to Capitol Hill.
The legislative opposition is focused on user fees and surcharges on both commercial and general aviation. It was sent to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, plus Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
EAA and other aviation groups are continuing their efforts to show the negative impact such user fees would be to the national aviation industry and the ability to increase participation in aviation.