"That's how I see it too. As do the airlines and they are right."
Right? Yes, far right. And only interested in maximizing profits, no matter how much lying it takes.
The government is NOT hiding the taxation. The airlines have every right to display how much taxes are included in the price; the FAA is not preventing them from do that. The airlines are hypocritically claiming that they are against the government "hiding" the taxes, when, in fact, they want to hide the full fare. They want to deceive the public as to the real price of flying, and that is unethical.
Your argument about what other representatives of either party agree with or disagreed with, and how much they receive from who, is irrelevant. The only point here is that the amendment is a "right to lie", and that is not in the best interest of the public.
As for the USAToday article, it includes a blatant lie, spread by USAToday and Airlines for America. I wasn't born yesterday; I searched for tickets before the current FAA regulation. I saw ticket prices where the taxes and fees didn't add 20%; they doubled the cost of the ticket, and, I'm sure, included every taxes and fees they could find, regardless of relevance to the cost of the ticket. For example, I'm sure they used landing fees at airports, but that is their share of the cost of the airport. Where else will they land? On the interstate. That's part of their legitimate costs, not something hidden.
Next, airlines will start charging you a landing fee, like a checked baggage fee. If you don't want to pay the fee, they'll make you get out over the airport, but, of course, they'll charge you an optional, parachute fee.