Transportation chair Danica Roem wants the FAA to get rid of its regional air travel agency and replace it with a federal agency that can negotiate fares for passengers.
The agency’s budget is roughly $300 million a year, and the Trump administration has proposed slashing it by $300.
The FAA’s new regional office has to deal with airlines and passengers, not with the federal government.
Roem is co-chairing a task force on transportation in Washington that is looking into ways to reduce the agency’s $400 million annual budget.
That money could be better spent on regional air transportation, she told The New York Times.
The task force has not been scheduled to release a report until early next year, Roem said.
The Trump administration is currently considering $1.2 billion for the agency, which handles ticketing, airport security and other aspects of air travel.
A Trump administration official said the administration is considering a proposal to eliminate the regional office and replace its head with an “independent” administrator, as opposed to the current structure.
A previous version of this story misstated the date when the task force was established.