WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers.
The US budget deal reached this week ends billions of dollars in crippling automatic spending cuts, but paying for that would trigger something Americans love to hate: higher air travel fees. House Republican Paul Ryan and Senate Democrat Patty Murray announced their two-year budget compromise late Tuesday, and already the airline lobby was organizing its opposition and calling on lawmakers to block the legislation. The White House argues that the current fee covers less than 30 percent of costs of the Transportation Security Administration, which provides security at the nation's airports. "Airlines and our customers are already overtaxed, and we are disappointed that fees on air travel were increased and believe those higher taxes will impact demand, jobs and our economy," trade group Airlines For America (A4A) said Wednesday in a statement.