Senate Urged To Pass FAA Reauthorization Bill Now

 - March 6, 2008, 12:12 PM

A coalition of 36 aviation organizations–including NBAA, GAMA and NATA, though not AOPA or ATA–sent a letter to the full U.S. Senate yesterday afternoon, calling for members to pass a comprehensive, long-term FAA reauthorization bill this year. Further, they urged the Senate to make the legislation a priority, noting that aviation represents 5.4 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, contributes more than $600 billion to the annual economy and provides 9 million jobs. “While our individual goals are diverse and in many cases divergent, we are unified in recognizing the importance of advancing multi-year FAA reauthorization legislation and the development of [NextGen],” the letter reads. “The strength of our aviation system and the ability to meet future demands is dependent upon the federal government’s success in meeting its obligations to provide adequate infrastructure. A critical step in meeting those obligations is for the Senate to advance a comprehensive, long-term bill.”