Aviation industry letter supporting no future shutdown of the FAA


The Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 will provide protection for aviation through any future government shutdowns.


Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019A lot is happening behind the scenes in Washington, DC. While some committees in the Capital City were working to come up with funding for President Trump’s wall and money to keep the Department of Homeland Security running, the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was pushing the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 to keep the aviation system working in case of any future government shutdowns.

This week saw a coming together of 40 different aviation-related organizations supporting the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 in a letter that also included Travelers United as the sole consumer organization. Where there is plenty of money in the aviation industry bank, the Defazio bill proposes that it be moved to the operating funds in case of a government shutdown, ensuring that the system can function and that air traffic controllers and FAA personnel continue to get paid.

Our organizations all believe that aviation should not be held hostage to political maneuvers.

February 12, 2019
 
We write today to convey our strong support for the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019 (H.R. 1108) which would authorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to draw from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF) in the event of a government shutdown.
 
During the recent shutdown, air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals were forced to work without pay and thousands of others were furloughed. Jobs and economic growth in the industry were threatened as manufacturers, airlines and other operators, and small businesses faced disruption. The effect on the nation’s air transportation system and the workers charged with keeping the system safe was dramatic. We find this situation to be unacceptable and we want to work with Congress and the Administration to prevent this from ever happening again.
 
The legislation is designed to provide a limited, targeted way of ensuring stability for the aviation system and it does not change congressional direction or oversight in any way.
 
H.R. 1108 allows FAA to carry out its mission by using the AATF, which presently has an uncommitted balance of over six billion dollars. Additionally, users of the system continued to pay taxes and fees during the shutdown to fund the aviation system, but the dollars could not be accessed to support controllers, safety specialists, and other critical FAA personnel absent a legislative fix. Passengers, shippers, FAA employees, operators, businesses, pilots, airline employees and others rely on our aviation system and support its operation through payments to the Trust Fund.
 
We look forward to working with the Committee, other members of Congress, and the Administration to pass H.R. 1108 and ensure that the FAA operates safely and efficiently for the flying public.
 
Sincerely,

Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Aerospace Maintenance Council
Air Line Pilots Association
Air Medical Operators Association
Air Traffic Control Association
Aircraft Electronics Association
Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Airlines for America
Airports Consultants Council
Airports Council International – North America
American Association of Airport Executives
Association of Flight Attendants – CWA
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Aviation Accreditation Board International
Aviation Technician Education Council
Cargo Airline Association
Commercial Drone Alliance
Experimental Aircraft Association
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Helicopter Association International
International Air Transport Association
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters – Airline Division
International Council of Air Shows
National Air Carrier Association
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Air Transportation Association
National Association of State Aviation Officials
National Business Aviation Association
Professional Aviation Board of Certification
Professional Aviation Maintenance Association
Professional Aviation Safety Specialists
Recreational Aviation Foundation
Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association
Regional Airline Association
Transportation Trades Department – AFL-CIO
Transport Workers Union
Travelers United
U.S. Travel Association

CC: Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer
Republican Whip Steve Scalise
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady
House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey and Ranking Member Kay Granger
House Transportation Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David Price and Ranking Member Mario Diaz-Balart

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