Senate Advances Short-Term FAA Measure

The Senate on March 17 easily advanced a short-term aviation bill that would keep Federal Aviation Administration programs authorized through July 15.

The short-term measure did not include trucking-related provisions.

Earlier in the week, the House passed a version of the short-term FAA measure that would extend authorization to July 15. Unlike the Senate bill, the House version would extend certain revenue provisions through March 2017.

“Without this bill, the authority to collect aviation taxes will lapse, depriving the trust fund of more than $300 million per day,” said Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, during the House bill’s floor consideration.

FAA’s authorization is due to expire March 31.