As the number of passengers using air transportation increases, it is ironic that federal airport infrastructure investments are stagnant. SMACNA and its allies are working hard to change that situation and to boost airport infrastructure investments across the nation.
One part of SMACNA’s long standing effort for increasing needed airport infrastructure was to join The Beyond the Runway Coalition, a national coalition of organizations dedicated to upgrading the airport system in America. SMACNA is actively supporting the Coalition’s efforts to retain provisions in the Senate Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill that would dramatically improve aviation infrastructure construction resources across the country and increase funding for in the final FY18 omnibus bill.
New infrastructure investments would provide greatly increased employment opportunities both for the planning, permitting and construction of projects all to establish new and far better transportation connections to customers in the U.S. and abroad.
SMACNA is advocating a two-pronged airport policy approach in cooperation with the Coalition. These include: modernizing the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and bolstering the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to give airports—and the local communities and businesses they support—funding flexibility to build new and improve their existing facilities to offer better quality air service options to the traveling public.
Technologies for Energy Security Act of 2017 (H.R. 1090)
In order to increase important financial investments in a variety of energy efficiency properties SMACNA has expressed support to Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) for H.R. 1090, the Technologies for Energy Security Act of 2017, a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to extend and modify the tax credits for residential and other facility energy efficient property and investments.
After much outreach to House members, H.R. 1090 has more than 100 cosponsors and improving odds to make it into a tax reform package being drafted. Rep. Reed sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, responsible for the crafting of all tax legislation in the House, where all tax legislation originates.
It also modifies the 30 percent tax credit for energy efficient property to extend through 2021 the credits for expenditures for fuel cell property, small wind energy property, and geothermal heat pump property.
Show your support by contacting your member of Congress on SMACNA’s Advocacy webpage, www.smacna.org/advocacy/take-action.