|Sponsor||Rep. Rangel, Charles B.|
|Committee||Ways and Means|
|Date||March 18, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Adam Hepburn|
H.R. 1512 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) on March 16, 2009.
H.R. 1512 extends certain authorities of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for six months, through September 30, 2009. Under current law, these authorities would expire at the end of March 2009. This legislation is a straight extension of FAA authorities and does not contain any programmatic changes.
The bill also extends certain aviation-related taxes that are used to finance the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, including ticket taxes. This legislation also extends spending authority for the Airport and Airway Trust Fund for six months.
H.R. 1512 authorizes the appropriation of $3.9 billion for the Airport Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2009, and extends its program grant authority through September 30, 2009. Additionally, the bill authorizes $9 billion for operations, as well as $2.7 billion for Air Navigation Facilities and Equipment. Finally, the bill authorizes $171 million for FAA research, engineering, and development.
In the 110th Congress, the House passed several short-term FAA extensions authorities which were signed into law. The most recent extension (P.L. 110-330) is set to expire on March 31, 2009.
The FAA is an agency within the Department of Transportation that oversees and regulates the U.S. aviation system with the task of providing the safest and most efficient system in the world. The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies and private entities for safety and capacity projects at public-use airports. The Airport and Airway Trust Fund, created by the Airport and Airway Revenue Act of 1970, provides funding for the nation's aviation system through several aviation excise taxes. Funding currently comes from collections related to passenger tickets, air cargo excise taxes, passenger flight segments, and aviation fuels, among other sources.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not yet produced a cost estimate for this bill.