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"Senate Approves FY02 DOD Appropriations Bill"



Saturday, December 8, 2001

Senate Approves FY02 DOD Appropriations Bill
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The Senate has just completed action on the $317 billion FY02 Department
of Defense spending bill, which also contains an additional $20 billion
in supplemental spending relating to the aftermath of the September 11th
attacks.

As we have previously reported, during committee consideration of the
bill, Senator Byrd of West Virginia, Chairman of the Senate
Appropriations Committee succeeded in adding an additional $15 billion
to the $20 billion in supplemental spending. That part of the package,
however, drew sustained opposition from Republicans, who supported the
President in his desire to keep the supplemental spending limited to $20
billion.

After several days of inconclusive skirmishes, Senator Byrd, Senator
Inouye (D-HI) and Senator Stevens (R-AK) worked out an agreement on the
additional spending in the defense bill, rearranging the contents of the
$20 billion in supplemental spending in order to address priorities of
Senator Byrd, while keeping within the $20 billion limit. 

In the language agreed to by the Senate, $200 million of airport and
airway trust fund revenue is made available until September 30, 2003,
"to enable the Federal Aviation Administrator to compensate airports for
a portion of the direct costs associated with new, additional or revised
security requirements imposed on airport operators by the Administrator
on or after September 11, 2001."

Additionally, $57 million is made available for the Essential Air
Service (EAS) program, which would bring the total for the program to
$120 million for the year, a level sufficient to maintain service levels
to all communities in the program.

Passage of this language in the Senate does not mean it is automatically
enacted into law. This is still subject to a negotiation of the House
and Senate conferees. In the days ahead, we will contact you with
specific directions about contacting conferees and the House and Senate
leadership on this issue.

WHILE WE WOULD HAVE PREFERRED THAT THE $200 MILLION FOR SECURITY
REIMBURSEMENT BE MADE AVAILABLE FROM GENERAL FUNDS RATHER THAN AVIATION
TRUST FUNDS, THIS REPRESENTS A HUGE STEP FORWARD IN OUR QUEST TO SECURE
DIRECT FUNDING FOR NEW MANDATED SECURITY REQUIREMENTS AT AIRPORTS.

This represents a lot of blood, sweat and tears from your legislative
affairs team and we are committed to trying to secure the funding in the
final version of the bill over the course of the next several weeks.

Stay tuned for more details and marching orders!


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