Contact Your Lawmakers to Support Infrastructure Programs
Authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration expired in September 2007. Since then, the FAA – including aviation infrastructure programs – has been operating under a series of short-term extensions. The House is tentatively scheduled to vote on reauthorization legislation (H.R. 915) Thursday, May 21.
Contact your Representative and ask him or her to support passage of H.R. 915, legislation to reauthorize the FAA and allow for long-term infrastructure planning and investment.
ASCE 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure gave aviation a grade of D, down from the D+ it received in 2005. This grade drop was due in part to the delay in reauthorization. For more details, visit http://www.asce.org/reportcard
Reauthorization legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives. H.R. 915 was introduced on February 9, 2009 by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) and was approved by the Committee on March 5.
Contact your Representative and ask him or her to support passage of H.R. 915. Visit http://capwiz.com/ascereportcard/home/
In your messages to lawmakers, be sure to include any information you can on conditions of local aviation facilities and how these might be benefited by reauthorization that would allow for better infrastructure investment planning. Personal stories will get the most attention from your lawmakers’ offices.