Posted on February 3rd, 2011
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomes a bipartisan letter signed by 116 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urging President Obama to keep user fees out of the administration’s fiscal year 2012 budget.
Rep. Jerry Costello (D-12-IL), who serves as Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee, and who issued an earlier statement urging the administration to avoid user fees in the budget plan, joined with Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Tom Petri (R-6-WI) in the new call to the White House to exclude user fees from its next fiscal year budget proposal.
The bipartisan letter states that aviation user fees “would have a detrimental impact on general aviation and the flying public. We support the current system of aviation excise taxes, which has proven to be a stable and efficient source of funding.”
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen applauded the action of Petri, Costello and their fellow co-signers to the letter stating: “We thank the Congressional leaders who took this action early in the year to reinforce a clear message of opposition to user fees, and welcome their unwavering support on this issue of critical importance to the entire general aviation community.” JetOptions is a member of the NBAA, and VP Gus Lira supports this decision.