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President Trump Endorses ATC Spin-Off in Budget Blueprint

The Trump administration released its first federal budget proposal on March 16, for the first time revealing its support of calls to restructure the Federal Aviation Administration by creating a separate entity to manage air traffic control. The Fiscal Year 2018 budget would also eliminate funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program that subsidizes airline flights to rural airports, a longstanding goal of congressional Republicans.

President Donald Trump’s $1.15 trillion “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” proposes substantial cuts to discretionary spending by various federal agencies; the Department of Transporation (DOT), the FAA’s parent organization, would see its discretionary spending reduced by 13 percent, from $18.6 billion to $16.2 billion. Discretionary spending represents about 19 percent of the DOT’s $98 billion overall budget.

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Outlet: Aviation Industry News
Author: Bill Carey
Type: Online
Date: March 16, 2017
Title: President Trump Endorses ATC Spin-Off in Budget Blueprint
Link: http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2017-03-16/president-trump-endorses-atc-spin-budget-blueprint