Senate Introduces Bill Incentivizing Efficient Airport Construction

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A bill introduced by US Sens Todd Young (R-IN), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would encourage more efficient construction at airports advanced through the Senate on Wednesday night.

The legislation, the Accelerated Airport Infrastructure Delivery Act, would expand the current law to allow airports to use funds from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program to incentivize early completion of projects.

“Passing our bipartisan Accelerated Airport Infrastructure Delivery Act will give Arizona airports more tools to complete construction projects ahead of schedule,” said Sinema, chairman of the Senate subcommittee. Aviation Safety Operations and Innovation. “In partnership with historic investments in the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, our bill will save Arizona taxpayers money, create more jobs, and fuel faster economic growth for Arizona. ‘Arizona”,

The AIP program provides grants to public agencies and other entities for the planning, development and execution of infrastructure projects such as runways and taxiways at airports for public use. The Accelerated Delivery Act would allow airports to use up to $1 million in AIP funding to incentivize early completion.

“The Lone Star State has long been an aviation hub, at the forefront of innovation. I am proud to have joined my colleagues in introducing the Airport Infrastructure Act to ensure we remain at the forefront of aviation technology,” said Cruz. “Texas airports large and small will benefit from this bill as they update aviation infrastructure, and I’m glad I played a part in bringing it to fruition.”

Complementary legislation sponsored by U.S. Representatives Sam Graves (R-MO) and Garrett Graves (R-LA) has already passed the House. The bill is now being forwarded to President Joe Biden’s office for signature.

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