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Legislation Would Repair and Improve Airports
July 9, 2007

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently applauded the introduction of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2007, by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), senior Republican on the Committee; Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.), chairman of the Aviation subcommittee; and Rep. Thomas Petri (R-Wis.), ranking Republican on the subcommittee. If enacted, this bipartisan bill would provide $66 billion over the next four years to help rebuild U.S. airports and modernize the aviation system.

In March 2005, ASCE’s Report Card for America’s Infrastructure noted a downward trend in many infrastructure sectors; with only two of the 15 categories it assessed showing any marginal improvement. With an overall grade of D, and a $1.6 trillion investment need, the Report Card echoed a nearly two-decade-old public warning that America’s infrastructure was in decline. Enactment of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 is a critical part of the Action Plan ASCE developed for the 110th Congress—which identifies 11 legislative actions the 110th Congress should take to raise the grades for America’s infrastructure.

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