The White House has identified Washington Dulles and Reagan
National airports as federal assets that could be sold off.
The suggestion, put forward in the infrastructure plan
unveiled by the Trump administration Monday, is in keeping with the administration's
broader recommendation that certain federal assets should be sold because they
could be better managed at the state and local levels, or by a private entity.
"Providing federal agencies authority to divest of
federal assets where the agencies can demonstrate an increase in value from the
sale would optimize the taxpayer value for federal assets," the
administration said. "To utilize this authority, an agency would delineate
how proceeds would be spent and identify appropriate conditions under which
sales would be made. An agency also would conduct a study or analysis to show
the increase in value from divestiture."
Also listed as potential divestment targets are the George
Washington Memorial and Baltimore-Washington parkways, among other federal
The long-awaited infrastructure proposal calls for $200 billion
in federal expenditures. But the administration says it would spur $1.5 billion
in new investment over 10 years, largely through the distribution of incentive
grants to local and state governments as well as private concerns, and by
streamlining regulatory reviews.
In keeping with that approach, the plan calls for easing oversight
of non-aviation development projects at airports and for making it easier for
airports to privatize.
However, airport industry advocates derided that the plan
does not call for an increase in the cap on the passenger facility charge,
which airports can levy on tickets to put toward construction projects.
Correction: The photo displayed in an earlier version of this report was of Chicago O'Hare, not Reagan National.