H.R. XX: Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010

H.R. XX

Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010

Sponsor
Rep. Sander M. Levin

Date
September 24, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R.6190 is expected to be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, September 23, 2010, under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  This legislation was introduced by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI). 

Bill Summary

H.R. 6190 would extend for three months—through December 31— the authorities of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which are currently set to expire September 30, 2010.

The bill would extend the Airport and Airway Trust Fund through December 31, 2010, including taxes on aviation fuel, domestic and international ticket taxes, and taxes on cargo shipped by air.  Currently, these taxes are set to expire September 30.

The bill would authorize to be appropriated $925 million for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for a 3-month period beginning on October 1, 2010.

H.R. 6190 would require the FAA to extend, through December 31, 2010, the termination date in which insurance policies under its aviation war-risk insurance program.

Finally, the bill would extend through March 31, 2011, a provision that permits the FAA to limit an air carrier’s liability for third party claims due to acts of terrorism to $100 million. 

Possible Member Concerns:

The bill would provide an extension of FAA through December 31, 2010, and therefore, would require Congress to return for a lame duck session to again extend FAA’s authority.

Background

In the 110th and 111th Congresses, the House passed several short-term FAA extensions which were signed into law.  The most recent extension, H.R. 5611 (P.L. 111-197), was passed by the House of Representatives on July 2, 2010.

The FAA is an agency within the Department of Transportation that oversees and regulates the nation’s aviation system.  The Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF), 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 current funding mechanisms for the FAA were set forth by the Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, which became law in 2003.  Vision 100 expired at the end of FY 2007, and the FAA has since been funded by a series of temporary authorizations.  Both the House (H.R. 915) and the Senate (S. 1451) have introduced a long-term FAA extension.  H.R. 915 passed the House on May 21, 2009, by a vote of 277-136.  The Senate has yet to act on either S. 1451 or the House passed extension.

Cost

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