Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), the chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, sent a letter Thursday to President Barack Obama protesting the President's proposal to levy a $100 per flight fee on commercial and general aviation.
Also sponsoring the letter were Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Democratic Member Jerry F. Costello (D-IL) and the two co-chairs of the House's General Aviation Caucus, Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO) and John Barrow (D-GA. A total of 195 representatives signed the letter, including Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Nick Rahall, Ranking Democratic member of that committee.
"Almost half of the House members signed, and we would have no trouble getting a majority if this proposal were ever to be advanced to the full House - which it won't," Petri said.
In the letter, the signers wrote, "Aviation user fees have been proposed several times by different Administrations, both Republican and Democrat. Congress has repeatedly and overwhelmingly rejected them."
They continued, "Commercial and general aviation, including aviation manufacturing, are vital industries in our nation, providing millions of jobs and making important contributions to our economy. We should work together to support policies that encourage job growth and strengthen U.S. economic activity. Imposing a $100 per flight fee on commercial and general aviation is the wrong approach, and we respectfully request that you abandon this idea once and for all."