The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides federal grants to airports for capital development. The April 5, 2000 enactment of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (P.L. 106-181) was the culmination of two years of legislative effort to pass a multi-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization, including authorization for AIP. The length of the struggle was an outgrowth of the difficult of the issues Congress faced. During the 106th Congress, the House and the Senate passed two very different FAA reauthorization bills. It took until March 8, 2000 for conferees to come to agreement and the bill was not signed into law until April 5, 2000. This meant that the AIP was in abeyance for six months starting October 1, 1999. The $40 billion FAA reauthorization Act (Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century - FAIR21) includes AIP authorizations of $2.475 billion for F2000, $3.2 billion for FY2001, $3.3 billion for FY2002, and $3.4 billion for FY2003. The Act also raises the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) ceiling to $4.50. The new law includes so-called "guarantees" that all of each year's receipts and interest credited to the aviation trust fund will be made available annually for aviation purposes. One of the enforcement provisions makes it out-of-order in either the House or Senate to consider legislation for funding FAA's Operations and Maintenance or its Research, Engineering and Development budgets if the AIP and the Facilities and Equipment Budgets are funded below authorized levels. Supporters of AIP hope that this will assure AIP funding at the fully authorized level. This report will not be updated.


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  • Accession Number: 00803670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 28 2001 12:00AM