Opposition to user fees will stall FAA funding bill, lawmaker says

02/29/2008 | Wall Street Journal, The

Opposition to proposed user fees will delay Congress' passage of a bill to renew funding for the FAA, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said. Rockefeller supports replacing the current system of aviation fuel taxes with a $25 user fee on all flights. He blamed corporate jet owners who opposed a plan for the proposed fees to help bolster the aviation trust fund, saying, "Based on the (general aviation) community's unwillingness to cooperate, I do not expect there will be an FAA bill this year."

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