Senate Leaders Boost GA to White House
November 3, 2011 – A total of 23 U.S Senators, led by Senate General Aviation Caucus member Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), signed a letter to President Obama this week that urged the removal of any aviation user fees from deficit-cutting legislation.
The November 2 letter, signed by senators from both parties, reminds the president that Congress has overwhelmingly rejected user fee proposals several times in the past five years. In addition, the current method of funding FAA operations and programs through GA fuel taxes is efficient and effective.
The group said it would oppose inclusion of user fees in any plan put forward by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction - the so-called “supercommittee” - which is due to have a proposal ready by November 23 for slicing $1.5 trillion off the federal deficit over the next 10 years.