Hultgren Applauds Enactment Of FAA Reauthorization; Hultgren-Authored Provisions Now Federal LawTuesday February 14, 2012
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement after legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was signed into law.
“After five years and twenty three short-term extensions, I am pleased that this long-term reauthorization of the FAA is finally law,” said Hultgren. “As a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and the Aviation Subcommittee, I understand the vital role that aviation plays in our nation’s economy. This long-term reauthorization provides a multi-year blueprint to create jobs and boost our economy by reforming FAA programs, modernizing our air traffic control systems and airport infrastructure, and cutting wasteful spending under the Essential Air Service program. This is a victory for taxpayers, air travelers, general aviation, and others; I’m pleased that this commonsense legislation is finally law.”
Also included in the reauthorization was language authored by Congressman Hultgren regarding the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), an emissions tax levied on air carriers beginning this year.
“I’m pleased that my provision regarding the European Union’s heavy-handed Emissions Trading Scheme carbon tax is also now law,” said Hultgren. “The ETS is a costly and burdensome emissions tax – a true scheme designed to punish our domestic airlines servicing international routes. Rather than imposing this tax unilaterally, I believe – and federal law now states – that this issue should be addressed multilaterally through the International Civil Aviation Organization.”