Republican Senator John Thune has sponsored a bill intended to protect the United States from paying the European Union’s tax on flights to that region.
The bill was passed unanimously and it blocks US airlines from paying the European Union for their aviation carbon emissions.
Nearly all airlines have complied with the law, but India and China strongly oppose it. China threatened to impound European planes out of retaliation if they are punished for failing to pay the EU tax.
John Thune said that the new legislation sent a “strong message” to the European Union that it cannot impose taxes on the United States.
“The Senate’s action today will help ensure that US air carriers and passengers will not be paying down European debt through this illegal tax and can instead be investing in creating jobs and stimulating our own economy,” said Thune.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a similar bill, and may work out the differences between its bill and the Senate’s, or accept the Senate’s bill.
Source: The Guardian