The U.S. Senate found time to markup multiple appropriations bills between votes on health care legislation yesterday, including one that could translate into increased infrastructure spending. NSSGA spearheaded a Highway Materials Group letter to key senators on the committee in support of increases to both the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) included in the markup of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill.
The bill increases the PFC from $4.50 to $8.50 per person and AIP funding to 3.6 billion. As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization expires in September, NSSGA has been very supportive of funding critical airport improvements that can build up our country’s infrastructure.
“Investment in all modes of transportation is essential for the aggregates industry and our communities,” said Laura O’Neill-Kaumo, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs. “According to the Airports Council International of North America, airports of all sizes need to invest $100 billion over the next five years to modernize and maintain runways, taxiways and facilities. We applaud the committee for finding ways for airports and the aggregates industry to help improve our country’s infrastructure.”
This bill still needs to pass the Senate and no comparable increase is included in the U.S. House of Representatives bill, so a conference will be required in order for the increases to be finalized.