Washington, DC, March 8, 2021 – In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Senate passed a $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus package on a 50-49 vote after nearly 24 hours of continuous debate and amendments. While the Senate made slight changes to other sections of the bill, the aviation provisions as previously passed by the House remain intact: $14 billion to extend the air carrier payroll support program and $1 billion for contractors, $8 billion for airports including $100 million for general aviation airports, and $3 billion for aviation manufacturers’ payrolls.
“NATA applauds the Senate on its passage of this bill, which will provide much needed support for general aviation businesses,” said NATA President and CEO Timothy Obitts. “We look forward to quick action in the House followed by President Biden’s signature, and we stand ready to assist our members as they pursue the federal assistance authorized in this legislation.”
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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has been the voice of aviation business for 80 years. Representing nearly 3,700 aviation businesses, NATA’s member companies provide a broad range of services to general aviation, the airlines and the military and NATA serves as the public policy group representing the interests of aviation businesses before Congress and the federal agencies.