Senior Democrats urge higher aviation excise taxes

05/13/2009 |

Two key Democratic lawmakers are urging the House Ways and Means Committee to stick with excise taxes, rather than user fees, for funding the FAA. Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined with Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Costello, D-Ill., to advocate higher tax rates on jet fuel and aviation gasoline. After 15 years of stable tax rates, Oberstar said it is time for an increase in general aviation taxes, but that airlines should not pay less. "Airlines will receive by far the most benefit from NextGen-related capital investments, which will make airlines more efficient and more profitable. Airlines stand to save billions of dollars annually from fuel savings," he said.

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