FAA Reauthorization Drags On; Another Extension Planned

Due to expire July 3, it appears the Federal Aviation Administration’s current three-month funding extension will be extended yet again in a move by the U.S. House of Representatives on June 29 to grant a short-term extension of the FAA’s operating authority. The new extension would expire Aug. 1.

The Senate passed its version of the FAA Reauthorization Bill some time ago, but the House version is caught up in language allowing Federal Express employees to unionize. Once the House finalizes its bill, it then must go to committee where compromise must occur on the respective bills before being passed by the full House and Senate.

The FAA Reauthorization Act would provide regulations for funding of the Aviation Trust Fund, as well as the authorizations for the Airport Improvement Program. The current funding mechanism has been extended numerous times while the House and Senate debate various issues within the bills.