|Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN) is asking his House colleagues to join him in signing a letter (here) to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the removal of the $4 increase in the PFC from the Senate Transportation Appropriations bill. We are asking Coalition members to contact your House delegation immediately and ask them NOT to sign onto Congressman Lewis’ letter.
Raising the PFC is NOT a tax increase. PFC revenue never comes to Washington, and has to be tied to a specific project at that airport. It is the true definition of a user fee, a fact that has been recognized by many conservative groups. In fact, most conservative groups support efforts to adjust the PFC to meet growing airport infrastructure needs including Heritage Action, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Citizens Against Government Waste, and FreedomWorks.
Airports have $100 billion of infrastructure needs over the next 5 years, or $20 billion annually. Airports only receive $6.3 billion annually from the PFC and AIP combined – a large gap remains between what airports receive and what airport infrastructure needs actually are.
Congressman Lewis has a deadline of September 7th for signatures, so please weigh in with your Members of Congress NOW and urge them NOT to sign the Lewis letter.
We will be sure to keep the Coalition updated on next steps and action items regarding this effort. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support of the Coalition,
Advocacy Manager, Government and Political Affairs, ACI-NA
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