March 6, 2014 Update from USCTA Executive Director Spencer Dickerson:
The President’s budget request for fiscal year 2015 released on March 4, not surprisingly, proposes to eliminate the guaranteed funding bill language for the FAA Contract Tower (FCT) Program.
With the FCT program facing significant cuts during the federal budget sequestration battle last year, you fought on the front lines with us to restore funding. Congress responded positively multiple times to our collective advocacy efforts, and eventually the fiscal year 2014 DOT/FAA Appropriations measure included bill language for full and dedicated funding for the program to continue through the current fiscal year, which ends September 30. We now need everyone to get reengaged with the release of the President’s FY ’15 budget proposal to ensure dedicated funding continues into the future!
As the House and Senate now gear up for the fiscal year 2015 Appropriations cycle, we encourage you to contact your House member(s) and your two U.S. Senators at your earliest convenience and urge them to submit requests to their respective Appropriations Committees asking that the FY 2015 DOT/FAA spending bill includes bill language providing full and dedicated funding at $149 million for the Contract Tower Program and Cost-Share Program.
The Appropriations Committees pay careful attention to requests they receive from members of the House and Senate so communications from individual offices concerning the importance of full and guaranteed funding for the Contract Tower Program as part of the FY 2015 DOT/FAA spending bill is critical. There is a formal process for communications with the Appropriations Committees that concludes on April 2 in the House and April 4 in Senate. As such, it is important that that you contact your House member(s) and Senators as soon as possible so they have time prepare their requests to send to the Appropriations Committees.
The message to your elected officials and from your elected officials to the Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate is simple:
Please ensure the FY 2015 DOT/FAA spending bill includes full and guaranteed funding for the Contract Tower Program and Cost-Share Program of $149 million.
Because of delays in the delivery of mail on Capitol Hill, please email or fax your letters to your congressional delegation.
- DRAFT Contract Tower Letter from Airports to House Member(s) and Senators
- Find your House Member
- Find your Senators (upper right corner of page)