Hoeven Provision for Williston Airport Included in FY17 Funding Bill

Legislation Includes Important Funding for Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the funding agreement Congress is working to pass this week includes a provision he authored to help existing airports, like Williston’s Sloulin Field International, that are in critical need of expansion or relocation, but unable to grow their current facilities due to physical constraints. The measure directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure sufficient funding is available to relocate these airports in a timely manner.

“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I worked to include a provision in the FY17 funding bill to help make funding available in a timely manner to help relocate airports that need to expand but are unable to at their current locations,” Hoeven said. “This will help us to relocate and expand Williston’s Sloulin Field International Airport, which is a long-term investment in the local economy.”

The legislation also includes funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) through which the Williston Airport has received $54.6 million for a new airport. AIP is scheduled to provide a total of $112 million towards the cost of the airport.