The U.S. Senate voted today to approve bipartisan legislation that provides long-term stability and critical reforms to the Federal Aviation Administration. Previously passed by the House of Representatives, the bill provides nearly $90 billion in funding over the next five years. The bill now moves to President Donald Trump’s desk for signature.
The last time Congress enacted a multi-year authorization bill for the FAA was 2012, and the agency has been working under a series of short-term extensions since September 2015. The current authority for FAA activities was extended in March of this year and expired Sept. 30. Although the final bill was not passed by both houses of Congress until after the Sept. 30 deadline passed, the Senate and House had previously agreed to a one-week extension to give the Senate enough time to pass the long-term bill.