Campaign Promises

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ItemTransportation
Air ServiceGrade
TR-1
The Promise: "Will support the continuation of the Small Community Air Service Development Program that helps small and mid-sized communities attract new air service."
When/Where: Obama-Biden Plan: "Strengthening America's Transportation Infrastructure" dated 10/09/08.
Source: http://blatantreality.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/factsheettransportation.pdf
Status:President Obama's FY10 Budget proposal of 02/26/09 did not specifically include money for the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP), but did increase Essential Air Service funding for air service in small communities, a start in the promised direction of supporting these communities.

Compared to previous years, funding for the SCASDP generally remained level in the first two years of the Obama Administration ($6.4M in FY2009; $6.0M (enacted) in FY2010, with a $1M plus-up from other DOT organizations). The $6M+ for FY2010 was obligated on 10/25/10 in the form of 19 grant awards (Docket DOT-OST-2010-0124).

For FY2011, Senate Report 111-230 indicated that Committee recommendations are for $6.0M for the SCASDP, "equal to the fiscal year 2010 enacted level."

Obama Administration support for SCASDP started to increase in FY2012 with 33 communities in the United States plus Puerto Rico receiving $13.9M from the Department of Transportation's SCASDP grant program, this based on a 08/15/12 announcement by DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

This promise to "support the continuation of the Small Community Air Service Development Program that helps small and mid-sized communities attract new air service" has been fulfilled.
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