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"House Appropriations Panel OKs $3.6B In AIP Funding"

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

House Appropriations Panel OKs $3.6B In AIP Funding

The House Appropriations Committee Wednesday approved its version of the
fiscal year 2008 spending bill that funds DOT and FAA. The bill includes
good news on a number of airport priorities, including $3.6 billion for the
Airport Improvement Program - $850 million above the President's request and
$85 million more than was approved in FY 2007. While it is always
significant to gain funding above the level requested by the President for
any program, AAAE's Airport Legislative Alliance reports that convincing
lawmakers to add $850 million to the request for AIP is especially
noteworthy given the fact that there is no authorization in place for the
program for FY 2008 and given the expiration of budget guarantees that have
historically protected AIP funding. 

The spending bill covering DOT has been the subject of lengthy and often
contentious debate at full committee in past years. Wednesday's discussion,
however, was relatively short and non-controversial. There were no
aviation-related amendments offered during the markup session, although it
is always possible that amendments to shift resources away from AIP or other
airport priorities could emerge as the bill moves to the House floor and
forward through the process.

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