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November 29, 2001

Administration Announces Assistance for Northern Virginia

Washington, DC -- Office of Management and Budget Director Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., announced today an additional $27 million in assistance for Northern Virginia to redress losses resulting from the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

The assistance package provides an additional $15 million -- on top of the $25 million already provided for Reagan National Airport and to compensate the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority's (MWAA) lost revenue from landing fees, rent, and passenger facility charges. These funds are requested for immediate release pursuant to the terms outlined in the Emergency Supplemental Act.

Including these funds, assistance for Virginia now totals over $2.8 billion: $1.5 billion to rebuild the Pentagon; $1.1 billion in individual tax relief from enactment of the Administration's stimulus proposal; $172 million in assistance to airlines with headquarters in Virginia; $20 million in FEMA assistance for fire and police departments and other rescue workers; $16 million in SBA leveraged lending; $7 million in crisis counseling; $10 million for the Washington D.C. subway system for security upgrades, $40 million to compensate Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and its concessionaires for the Federal closure and reduced flight schedule at Reagan Airport (compensation for loss of landing fees, passenger facility charged, rent and sales); and, $2 million for economic development activities related to business losses associated with the September 11th terrorist attacks.

If enacted as part of the FY 2002 Emergency Supplemental Package now pending before Congress, Virginia would also receive a proportional amount of funding from the $600 million requested by the President on October 17th emergency supplemental release request for anti-terrorism training and equipment for State and local first responders. Fairfax, VA is one of the top responder units in the country. Additional assistance is likely in the future when Governor Ridge completes his assessment and develops the national strategy.

This assistance is the result of consultations with Senators Warner and Allen and Representatives Davis, Wolf, and Moran. This payment underscores the Federal commitment to Reagan National Airport. The Administration will continue to work to ensure the viability of this airport.


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