Published on : Friday, December 13, 2013
Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) today issued a statement in response to yesterday’s announcement by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that an agreement regarding the federal budget had been reached. The agreement includes two major wins for airports. First, it specifically directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to continue to monitor exit lanes at the airports where it currently does, the cost for which would have shifted to airports in early 2014. Second, it largely mitigates sequestration cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the next two fiscal years, including the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
“I am pleased that the proposed budget agreement would require TSA to continue to monitor exit lanes,” said Mark M. Reis, 2014 ACI-NA board chair and managing director of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. “TSA’s unfunded mandate is an ill-conceived idea that would have unfairly burdened airports with a national security function that should be performed by the federal government.”
“ACI-NA applauds this budget agreement, and we are especially pleased that the conferees agreed with airports that TSA should continue to monitor exit lanes,” said Deborah C. McElroy, interim president of ACI-NA. “This agreement also makes clear that AIP—an essential source of funding for many airports’ critical infrastructure projects—should not be raided cover future shortfalls. We’re actively encouraging our members to contact Congress to express their support for this agreement, and we look forward to its passage.”
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