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House Approves Nine-Month FAA Funding Extension

Back to the Drawing Board?

December 16, 2010 — This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution (CR) extending the FAA’s current funding and revenue collection through September 30, 2011. If approved as expected by the Senate, this would continue funding the FAA at the FY2009 level and line items. The nine-month CR also means that the new Republican-led House may create an entirely new Reauthorization Bill rather than continue working on the old one. The legislation is included in a larger Fiscal 2011 continuing appropriations omnibus bill, H.R.3082.

With the CR, the FAA Tech Center fuel research facility and fuel research program in general will once again not be specifically funded. However, the FAA has to date been finding alternative ways of keeping the facility operating despite the lack of budgeted funding.

It may be “back to the drawing board,” however, for a number of items EAA and other general aviation organizations fought to have included in the previous bills, such as vintage data release, funding for the Tech Center, funding for avgas research, and direction to the FAA to undertake the fuel program as a whole.

Of greatest importance, GA must remain vigilant for any re-emergence of a user fee funding proposal. EAA continues to support an excise tax mechanism to fund the Airports and Airways Trust Fund. EAA will continue to work with members of the House and Senate to ensure the interests of EAA and general aviation.

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