House Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill
February 3, 2012 - The House of Representatives has passed the FAA Reauthorization Bill, clearing another hurdle toward giving the agency its first long-term funding plan since 2007.
House members approved the measure on a 248-169 vote. EAA contacts on Capitol Hill also report that the Senate is likely to vote on the bill on Monday.
EAA has been urging lawmakers to pass a full reauthorization bill, as FAA has been funded by 23 short-term extensions since 2007. A breakthrough in labor-relations language last month allowed the full bill to finally move forward.
As reported in EAA's e-Hotline this week, there are major victories for GA within the bill, including no GA user fees or fuel tax increases. Funding is included for airport improvement projects, unleaded avgas research, and NextGen air traffic modernization.