State of the Union 2015: A Future for Airports?

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Like other industries, the airport community will be closely watching President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address tonight.  And while we won’t know for certain what will be in the speech until the president delivers it, we expect our nation’s transportation infrastructure to be a major topic in tonight’s televised and webcast national update from Capitol Hill.

With so many key transportation items on tap for this year, including the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, the president would be amiss if he didn’t share his vision for modernizing our aging transportation infrastructure.

As such, we hope the president takes this primetime opportunity to outline his plan to work with Congress on achieving real success for America’s aviation system.  But regardless of what we hear tonight, ACI-NA and our partners aren’t skipping a beat when it comes to keeping the drumbeat going for airport priorities on Capitol Hill.  With the buzzword being that both the House and Senate are seeking to craft a “transformative” FAA reauthorization, our entire commercial aviation system is in play, and absolutely including airports.

To follow ACI-NA’s response in real time this evening, head to twitter.com/airportscouncil beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

George Kelemen
Senior Vice President, Government and Political Affairs
ACI-NA