195 members of House tell president: No $100 fee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The president’s 2013 budget plan to charge $100 per flight to aircraft using controlled airspace was never expected to be adopted and it got another major setback when 195 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives sent Obama a letter opposing the fee.

“The letter is another clear example that user fees are a non-starter in Congress,” said Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), ranking member of the House aviation subcommittee. “Particularly given that the FAA Reauthorization bill has been signed into law, there is no need to continue to discuss this bad idea.”

Washington watchers cannot understand how the president could sign the reauthorization bill and at the same time propose a new and unpopular fee.

Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.), chairman of the subcommittee, noted that “almost half of the House members signed the bill and there would be no difficulty getting a majority if Obama’s proposal was ever advanced to the full House, which it won’t.”

Costello, Petri, and Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.), co-chairs of the House General Aviation Caucus, wrote the letter. The House has been active on budgets but no action has been taken by the Senate.

Aviation groups aided in developing support for the letter by getting their members to contact members of Congress and express why the fee is an impractical and costly idea. On this subject general aviation groups and the scheduled airlines are on the same page.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. pilotman says

    Thanks, gbin.  You’ve already wasred enough time attacking writers of articles with which you did not agree.  Have a great day, and fly safely.

    Frank, your comment was right on target.

  2. pilotman says

    HEY,GBIN-GIVE IT UP.  YOU LOST.  YOU DIDN’T GET YOUR WISHES TO TAX OTHERS WHILE YOU PAY NOTHING.  GAME OVER.  WHAT PART OF “NO” DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND? NOW YOU CAN WRITE ANOTHER BLOG ABOUT HOW UNFAIR AND UNETHICAL PEOPLE ARE.    HAVE A GREAT DAY

    • gbin says

      Sorry, pilotman, but I’m not going to waste any more of my time on your game-playing and deceits.  I’m afraid you’ll have to entertain yourself from now on.

  3. gbin says

    “The president’s 2013 budget plan to charge $100 per flight to aircraft using controlled airspace…”

    As Mr. Spence (again) neglected to mention this little detail when reporting on this subject, I’ll point out (again) that the user fee would not by any means affect all aircraft using controlled airspace.  Most notably, piston aircraft would be exempt.

    (“There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.”  – Walter Lippman)

    • Frank R. Sandoval says

      Mr. Spence writes model journalistic articles in my humble opinion. Also, in my opinion, the per flight fee could not be better described than Honorable Representative Jerry Costello’s (D-Ill) statement. Quote,” there is no need to continue to discuss this bad idea.”

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