Lawmakers must pass FAA reauthorization bill, DOT secretary says

01/23/2008 | Travel Weekly · CNNMoney

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said lawmakers should move forward with legislation to reauthorize the FAA. The bill, which has been stalled in Congress for months, includes funding for a new air traffic control system that would help ease delays and congestion. Inaction on the reauthorization bill "leaves us without the funding reforms we need to transform the system," Peters said. The Air Transport Association has noted that corporate aviation does not pay a large enough share of fees and taxes to fund the ATC system. The legislation "modernizes how we pay for airports and will allow us to overhaul the nation's air traffic control system," said Peters.

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