- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Virginia would be granted a majority of the seats on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors under language in the fiscal year 2012 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, released Wednesday by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

The language was inserted by Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, who in May introduced legislation that would increase the number of members on the board from 13 to 17, and the number of Virginia members from five to nine.

Currently, two members are appointed by the governor of Maryland, three by the D.C. mayor and three by the president. Members would also not be allowed to serve after their terms expire, instead of the current practice of serving until a replacement is appointed.

The bill, scheduled to be marked up in subcommittee Thursday, also includes $150 million in funding for Metrorail — part of an annual deal that is matched with $50 million apiece by the District, Maryland and Virginia.

The House had previously killed an amendment offered by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, that would have restored the funding during the budget fight in February to fund the federal government through Sept. 30.