The leaders of the transportation and the tax-writing committees in the House on March 10 introduced legislation that would authorize aviation programs through July 15.
Authorization for Federal Aviation Administration programs expires at the end of this month. The short-term measure does not include trucking-related provisions.
“Last month, the Transportation committee approved the long-term Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act, which represents a profound, transformational reform of our aviation system and a departure from the status quo,” said Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Yesterday, the Senate introduced its own FAA legislation, and I look forward to working with them to produce a final bill. In the meantime, while both House and Senate continue efforts to move each bill forward, we need to pass an extension to ensure that the FAA and the federal aviation programs remain fully funded and functional.”
Shuster and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced the measure. The House and Senate are expected to consider the short-term bill next week. On March 16, the Senate Commerce Committee will consider a separate FAA reauthorization bill.