H.R. XX: Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act

H.R. XX

Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act

Sponsor
Rep. Charles B. Rangel

Date
December 8, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. __ on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. __ was introduced on December 7, 2009, by Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

H.R. ___ extends certain authorities of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for three months, through March 31, 2010. The bill would extend the FAA's authority to spend money from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF), their authority to charge taxes, and their appropriated spending levels. Under current law, these authorities would expire on December 31, 2009.

The bill extends certain aviation-related taxes that are used to finance the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, including ticket taxes. Specifically, the bill would extend the domestic passenger ticket tax at its current level of 7.5 percent of ticket price, the domestic flight segment tax at its current level of $3.40 per passenger, and the domestic cargo tax at 6.25 percent of the cost of transporting property.

H.R. ___ authorizes the appropriation of funds for the Airport Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2010, and extends its program grant authority through March 31, 2010. Additionally, the bill authorizes funding for operations, as well as the Air Navigation Facilities and Equipment. Finally, the bill authorizes funding for FAA research, engineering, and development.

Background

In the 110th and 111th Congresses, the House passed several short-term FAA extensions authorities which were signed into law. The most recent extension, H.R. 3607 (P.L. 111-69), was passed in the House by voice vote on September 23, 2009, and is set to expire on December 31, 2009.

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. S. 1451 has not yet been considered in the Senate.

 

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not yet produced a cost estimate for this bill as of press time.