As Congress continues efforts to pass an omnibus appropriations bill, the Highway Materials Group* sent letters to appropriations committee  leaders to urge them to retain two key airport-related provisions in the FY18 Senate Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill.

The HMG says the provisions would “dramatically improve aviation infrastructure across the country by modernizing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) user fee on originating flights and increasing funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).”

The letters state that ACPA and other national associations whose members provide the construction materials and equipment essential to building America’s roads, highways, and bridges, support these long overdue increases to aviation infrastructure funding that will support critical infrastructure projects for our nation’s airports.

The letters also note that recent infrastructure needs identified by the Airports Council International – North America show airports of all sizes face $100 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next five years.  “It is estimated that an additional 9.6 million jobs would be created if projects to meet these infrastructure needs were created – many of which would occur in our sector,” the letters continue.  Click on the following links to see the full text of the Senate and House versions of the letters.

* The Highway Materials Group is comprised of the American Coal Ash Association, American Concrete Pavement Association, American Traffic Safety Services Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Portland Cement Association, and the Prestressed/Precast Concrete Institute.