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NASAO Welcomes Chairman Shuster’s Decision to Move Forward with FAA Reauthorization – Sans ATC Reform

Today, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster indicated that he will forgo continued debate over his controversial ATC reform proposal.

“We commend Chairman Shuster for responsibly relinquishing his effort to reform our nation’s air traffic control system as we recognize that this could not have been an easy decision,” said NASAO President Mark Kimberling. “At the end of the day, the votes weren’t there, and rather than drag out the stalemate as occurred with the 23 extensions last cycle, the Chairman has instead shifted his focus to pass a much-needed, long-term FAA Reauthorization. To that end, we greatly look forward to working with the Chairman and other key Members of Congress in both chambers to advance a long-term bill that includes many other consensus, bipartisan reforms that had previously been sidelined.”

NASAO has been opposed to removing air traffic control functions from the government since the inception of the debate, but sharpened our position at a key juncture in a previous public statement, when the fundamentally flawed tax title was released. “It became clear that the bill would dismantle a system of taxes and revenue, and a very healthy AATF that is nearly 100% self-sufficient, in favor of a haphazard revised tax scheme that could not even support the AIP increases contained in the bill as reported out of committee,” said Kimberling. “With $100 billion in identified airport infrastructure needs over the next five years – a deficit that has grown dramatically over the past two years due to funding interruptions — it’s imperative that we swiftly turn our attention to what really ails us.”

NASAO has also been quite active in educating lawmakers on the detrimental impact of short-term extensions as they completely stymie the grant planning and execution process; thereby exacerbating the airports needs deficit.

“Setting a path forward on the FAA bill will not only bring important reforms on a host of issues ranging from Contract Towers to UAS integration, it will also increase topline AIP funding to keep up with inflation, and finally it will allow our membership of state aviation officials to resume their work – in partnership with the FAA — without worry of further funding interruptions, as they execute state system planning as far out as 20-plus years to see to it that our national system of airports remains the envy of the world,” explained Kimberling.


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