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More Congressional Leaders Oppose User Fees

October 24, 2011 – Another group of House leaders has written to the Congressional Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, opposing the proposal to levy a per-flight user fee.

Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and other Republicans on that committee sent a letter to the deficit “supercommittee” chaired by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).  The letter explained that the current FAA reauthorization proposal currently awaiting House-Senate conference committee action “does not include new user fees for aviation.”

“We strongly support the current aviation financing structure,” the letter continued. “The president’s $100 per-flight fee is an arbitrary number with no basis for its establishment.”

The opposition to user fees has united aviation groups ranging from airlines to GA, as well as aviation-related labor groups. EAA has been among those groups and worked with congressional representatives of both parties, especially through the House and Senate General Aviation caucuses, to fully understand the damage such user fees would cause to the nation’s aviation industry and infrastructure.

GA already pays its fair share toward infrastructure improvements and maintenance through taxes levied on aviation fuels. Creating a user-fee system would require establishment of a large new government bureaucracy and impose a new burden on aviators.

Download a copy of the letter to the Congressional Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction here.

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