Airports Don't Fare Well in Bush Budget

The Bush budget plan fails to provide enough dollars to fund the airports' capital needs.

After testifying on the FAA budget before a House committee, Transportation Secretary Mary Peters told reporters that the administration is working on some ideas to get the private sector to build the security systems and then lease it back to the federal government.

The ideas have not been formalized into legislation, she says. Furthermore, since this would be a TSA program it would not be included in the forthcoming FAA reauthorization measure.

There is a pending Senate measure, Principato adds that would make a $400 million federal investment in EDS – this would be $150 more than what has been previously appropriated. “That is a good start, but we have a ways to go.”

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