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Cut User Fee Plan, House Group Tells Congressional Supercommittee

October 5, 2011 – A bipartisan group of more than 60 House members have signed a letter being hand-delivered today to the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, urging that any GA user fee plan be dropped from the ongoing federal deficit discussions.

The letter, authored by House GA Caucus co-chairs Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), is also signed by 61 other members of the House General Aviation Caucus. It is being delivered to the so-called “Supercommittee” co-chairs, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), as well as 14 other committee members and congressional leaders.

EAA and other GA groups helped raise awareness of the user fee issue as one that could devastate the nation’s aviation industry and small businesses that support them. President Obama has proposed a $100 per-flight surcharge on segments of general and commercial aviation as part of his deficit reduction plan.

“User fees will have a direct negative impact on domestic manufacturing, small businesses, and in our economic recovery,” the letter states. “General aviation user fees have been proposed several times by different administrations, both Republican and Democrat. The U.S. House of Representatives has repeatedly and overwhelmingly opposed them.”

EAA continues to put the spotlight on user fee proposals through working with congressional offices, as well as encouraging members to comment to their elected representatives in Washington.

“While proponents may see an aviation user fees as easy money, there is no consideration of how it would cripple the U.S. GA industry or how it has stymied the growth of GA in other nations where it has been introduced,” said Doug Macnair, EAA’s vice president of government relations. “The current aviation fuel taxes continue to provide the most efficient and equitable source of funding for FAA and its programs.”

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