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  • Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2015

    by Representative Frank A. LoBiondo

    Posted on 2015-09-28

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    LoBIONDO. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 3614) to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.



    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 3614 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2015''.

    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

    TITLE I--AIRPORT AND AIRWAY PROGRAMS Sec. 101. Extension of airport improvement program.

    Sec. 102. Extension of expiring authorities.

    Sec. 103. Federal Aviation Administration operations.

    Sec. 104. Air navigation facilities and equipment.

    Sec. 105. Research, engineering, and development.

    Sec. 106. Funding for aviation programs.

    Sec. 107. Essential air service.

    TITLE II--REVENUE PROVISIONS Sec. 201. Expenditure authority from Airport and Airway Trust Fund.

    Sec. 202. Extension of taxes funding Airport and Airway Trust Fund.

    TITLE I--AIRPORT AND AIRWAY PROGRAMS SEC. 101. EXTENSION OF AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.

    (a) Authorization of Appropriations.-- (1) In general.--Section 48103(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking the period at the end and inserting ``and $1,675,000,000 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016.''.

    (2) Obligation of amounts.--Subject to limitations specified in advance in appropriation Acts, sums made available pursuant to the amendment made by paragraph (1) may be obligated at any time through September 30, 2016, and shall remain available until expended.

    (3) Program implementation.--For purposes of calculating funding apportionments and meeting other requirements under sections 47114, 47115, 47116, and 47117 of title 49, United States Code, for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall-- (A) first calculate such funding apportionments on an annualized basis as if the total amount available under section 48103 of such title for fiscal year 2016 were $3,350,000,000; and (B) then reduce by 50 percent-- (i) all funding apportionments calculated under subparagraph (A); and (ii) amounts available pursuant to sections 47117(b) and 47117(f)(2) of such title.

    (b) Project Grant Authority.--Section 47104(c) of title 49, United States Code, is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking ``September 30, 2015,'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016,''.

    SEC. 102. EXTENSION OF EXPIRING AUTHORITIES.

    (a) Section 47107(r)(3) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking ``October 1, 2015'' and inserting ``April 1, 2016''.

    (b) Section 47115(j) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by inserting ``and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016'' after ``fiscal years 2012 through 2015''.

    (c) Section 47124(b)(3)(E) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by inserting ``and not more than $5,175,000 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016,'' after ``fiscal years 2012 through 2015''.

    (d) Section 47141(f) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016''.

    (e) Section 50905(c)(3) of title 51, United States Code, is amended by striking ``October 1, 2015,'' and inserting ``April 1, 2016,''.

    (f) Section 186(d) of the Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (117 Stat. 2518) is amended by inserting ``and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016,'' after ``fiscal years 2012 through 2015''.

    (g) Section 409(d) of the Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (49 U.S.C. 41731 note) is amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016''.

    (h) Section 140(c)(1) of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (49 U.S.C. 47113 note) is amended by striking ``fiscal years 2013 through 2015,'' and inserting ``fiscal years 2013 through 2016,''.

    (i) Section 411(h) of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (49 U.S.C. 42301 prec. note) is amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016''.

    (j) Section 822(k) of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (49 U.S.C. 47141 note) is amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016''.

    SEC. 103. FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OPERATIONS.

    Section 106(k) of title 49, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1)-- (A) in subparagraph (C) by striking ``and'' at the end; (B) in subparagraph (D) by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; and''; and (C) by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following: ``(E) $4,870,350,000 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016.''; and (2) in paragraph (3) by inserting ``and for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016'' after ``fiscal years 2012 through 2015''.

    SEC. 104. AIR NAVIGATION FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT.

    Section 48101(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(5) $1,300,000,000 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016.''.

    [[Page H6273]] SEC. 105. RESEARCH, ENGINEERING, AND DEVELOPMENT.

    Section 48102(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in paragraph (7) by striking ``and'' at the end; (2) in paragraph (8) by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; and''; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ``(9) $78,375,000 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016.''.

    SEC. 106. FUNDING FOR AVIATION PROGRAMS.

    (a) In General.--Section 48114 of title 49, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)(2) by striking ``2015'' and inserting ``2016''; and (2) in subsection (c)(2) by striking ``2015'' and inserting ``2016''.

    (b) Compliance With Funding Requirements.--The budget authority authorized in this Act, including the amendments made by this Act, shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of subsections (a)(1)(B) and (a)(2) of section 48114 of title 49, United States Code, for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016.

    SEC. 107. ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE.

    Section 41742(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking ``and $93,000,000 for fiscal year 2015'' and inserting ``$93,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $77,500,000 for the period beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2016,''.

    TITLE II--REVENUE PROVISIONS SEC. 201. EXPENDITURE AUTHORITY FROM AIRPORT AND AIRWAY TRUST FUND.

    (a) In General.--Section 9502(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended-- (1) by striking ``October 1, 2015'' in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) and inserting ``April 1, 2016'', and (2) by striking the semicolon at the end of subparagraph (A) and inserting ``or the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2015;''.

    (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 9502(e)(2) of such Code is amended by striking ``October 1, 2015'' and inserting ``April 1, 2016''.

    SEC. 202. EXTENSION OF TAXES FUNDING AIRPORT AND AIRWAY TRUST FUND.

    (a) Fuel Taxes.--Section 4081(d)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016''.

    (b) Ticket Taxes.-- (1) Persons.--Section 4261(k)(1)(A)(ii) of such Code is amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016''.

    (2) Property.--Section 4271(d)(1)(A)(ii) of such Code is amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016''.

    (c) Fractional Ownership Programs.-- (1) Treatment as non-commercial aviation.--Section 4083(b) of such Code is amended by striking ``October 1, 2015'' and inserting ``April 1, 2016''.

    (2) Exemption from ticket taxes.--Section 4261(j) of such Code is amended by striking ``September 30, 2015'' and inserting ``March 31, 2016''.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. LoBiondo) and the gentleman from Oregon (Mr. DeFazio) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New Jersey.

    General Leave Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on H.R. 3614.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from New Jersey? There was no objection.

    Mr. LoBIONDO. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    Mr. Speaker, on September 30, 2015, the authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration programs and taxes that fund those programs will expire. H.R. 3614 is a clean, 6-month extension of all necessary authorizations through March 31 of 2016.

    As the chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation, I believe it is critical for Congress to come together in a bipartisan, long-term FAA reauthorization bill.

    On the Aviation Subcommittee, Chairman Shuster and I have had great working partnerships with Congressman DeFazio and Congressman Larsen. I want to thank Congressman DeFazio and Congressman Larsen for their bipartisan cooperation in this very important area.

    Without an extension, the FAA will not be able to spend funds from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Therefore, airport construction projects across the country will be halted, contractors that support FAA will not be paid, construction jobs will be lost, and thousands of FAA employees could be furloughed.

    In my district in New Jersey, I have the privilege of representing approximately 4,000 FAA employees and contractors who work at the FAA's premier technical center in the Nation. They contribute an extraordinary amount of energy and dedication to making sure that aviation continues to move forward. Without them, the state of aviation in our country would suffer, and we cannot afford them to be at home for failing because we failed to do our work and pass an extension bill.

    A lapse in the authorization will also result in the halt of certification and registration of new aviation products, greatly disrupting the aviation manufacturing industry and jeopardizing more good paying jobs. The FAA's aircraft registry would close, delaying deliveries of new aircraft. As many as 10,000 aircraft a month could be grounded if registration cannot be renewed.

    H.R. 3614 will allow us to continue developing a bipartisan, long- term reauthorization bill which will improve, rebuild, and modernize our Nation's safe, yet highly antiquated, aviation system.

    I urge support of H.R. 3614.

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