Senate GA Caucus Opposes President's User Fee Proposal
March 12, 2012 –Twenty-eight members of the Senate General Aviation Caucus today voiced their strong, bipartisan opposition to the president's $100-per-flight fee on certain GA operations in controlled airspace in a letter to the president. That fee was proposed by the White House in its Fiscal 2013 federal budget unveiled last month.
"We are concerned that a new user fee like the one described in the administration's budget proposal may create a disincentive for pilots and aircraft to use air traffic control services or fly in controlled airspace," which could create a less safe aviation environment, the letter states.
"We believe the per-gallon tax assessed on aviation gasoline and jet fuel is the most efficient and effective way to generate revenue from aviation users," it added.
The House GA Caucus members sent a similar letter to the president last month, signed by nearly 200 members - Democrats and Republicans. EAA is deeply grateful for the support of the Senate GA Caucus co-chairs Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) and their efforts to oppose aviation user fees. The General Aviation Caucuses in both chambers have been instrumental in helping spread the word on user fees and gather congressional support for the general aviation community.