Midwest Congressional Leaders Lead Opposition To User FeesGAM

WASHINGTON, DC  – The first week of October 2011, a total of 134 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed letters to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction (“Super Committee”) and to House and Senate leadership expressing strong opposition to the Obama administration’s proposal to impose a $100-per-flight fee as part of its deficit reducing package. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and its member companies played a very active role in building support for both of these efforts.

Representatives Sam Graves (R-MO) and John Barrow (D-GA), co-chairs of the House General Aviation Caucus, authored a letter describing how detrimental user fees would be to the recovery and health of the general aviation (GA) industry.

A similar letter from the House Subcommittee on Aviation echoed this strong opposition for the user fee proposal. Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI) and Ranking Member Jerry Costello (D-IL) wrote, “Imposing a new fee on the aviation industry in order to raise revenue would have a devastating impact on the aviation industry and fails to achieve our shared goal of improving the economy and creating jobs.”

GAMA’s President and CEO, Pete Bunce. said: “We could not ask for greater leadership from Chairman Petri, Ranking Member Costello, House GA Caucus Chairmen Graves and Barrow, and Senate GA Caucus Chairmen Mark Begich (D-AK) and Mike Johanns (R-NE). Like their House counterparts, the Senate GA Caucus leadership has been active in rallying their colleagues against these proposals. Together, they have sent a powerful message to the members of the “super committee” and to the White House.”

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