FAA Reauthorization Bill Takes
Another Step Forward
House and Senate conferees agree on language to fund agency
February 1, 2012 - Congressional votes on a full FAA reauthorization bill are likely to come soon after House and Senate conferees finalized language Wednesday on a long-term measure that would fund the agency through 2015.
"This is a very important step for the FAA, of course, but also for aviation in this country," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations. "EAA will study this bill for its effect on GA, but after nearly five years of continuing resolutions to fund the agency, a final agreement is essential so important projects such as airport improvement and NextGen implementation can move forward."
The FAA had received 23 short-term funding extensions since 2007. Some of them were delayed by political wrangling and, as recently as last summer, threatened to cause layoffs and other interruptions in FAA services.
The most recent short-term funding extension was approved late last month and expires on February 17. Final votes in both the House and Senate are scheduled before that date, with any approved measure then moving to the White House for President Obama’s signature.