Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced today that $750,000 will be directly funded to Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) for Noise Mitigation in the Transportation Appropriations Budget for FY2007. This is the first time that a Member of Congress from the Houston area has requested that money be allocated directly and specifically for the IAH residential acquisition and sound insulation program.

Congress appropriates funding every year to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at which point they allocate money to individual airports based on their requests. IAH receives money for noise mitigation through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) at the discretion of the FAA. The $750,000 secured by Congressman Poes request will not be subject to the FAAs determination and be above the normal discretionary allocations to IAH for noise mitigation.

For the first time, we are embarking on new ground in government funding, said Poe. While $750,000 is a small amount in comparison to the needs of the community, I was able to secure this specifically for noise reduction at Intercontinental Airport and it is only the beginning.

Congressman Poe has worked with local, state and federal representatives to address the airport noise issue by residents in northwest Houston communities. Poe established an Airport Noise Task Force made up of representatives from the FAA, area chambers of commerce, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Continental Airlines, Houston Airport System, local officials, homeowners from noise impacted areas, CHARGE and the West 45 Noise Group. This has been a great opportunity for all sides of the table to come together and work towards solutions, said Poe. As a result of these meetings, like with most things, money was the bottom line. I am no stranger to innovative thinking and we learned this year that new doors can be opened and I will continue to find new solutions to old government problems.

Congressman Poe serves on the House Transportation Committee, Aviation Subcommittee and established the Airport Noise Task Force in the district during his first year in Congress.

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