Recent News Articles on FAA Reauthorization
July 21, 2011 - FAA furloughs would affect relatively few at Mike Monroney Center
The Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City would be mostly unaffected by furloughs this weekend if Congress doesn't resolve a standoff over a portion of funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, a Senate spokesman said Wednesday. Read more.
July 20, 2011 - FAA funding stalemate dogged by minor issues
With the 20th stopgap funding extension for the nation’s aviation system about to expire, the congressional stalemate over a multibillion-dollar, long-term funding bill has turned into a strikingly nasty squabble.
If it isn’t resolved this week, the Federal Aviation Administration may face a partial shutdown on Friday. Read more.
July 20, 2011 - User Fees Back On Table
As the cash-strapped U.S. government searches under the sofa cushions for extra cash, general aviation user fees are back on the radar. All the major aviation groups have signed a letter to House Speaker John Boehner opposing the user fee idea as inefficient and potentially damaging to GA. Read more.
July 19, 2011 - Shutdown of FAA possible in House-Senate clash
A quarrel between the House and Senate over union organizing by airline and railroad workers could lead to a shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA's operating authority expires on Friday. The agency has operated under a series of 20 short-term extensions since Sept. 30, 2007, because lawmakers have been unable to agree on a long-term funding bill. Read more.
June 29, 2011 - FAA reauthorization bill that expired in '07 gets 20th extension
Sending a signal that negotiations for a multiyear deal is near, Congress again approved an extension of the existing Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, but just for another three weeks. It was the 20th extension of the FAA bill that expired in 2007. Read more.
February 10, 2011 - Obama May Seek to Cut Airport Grants by $1.1 Billion in Budget, Group Says
President Barack Obama may propose a $1.1 billion cut in airport construction grants in his Feb. 14 budget, a 31 percent reduction, as he tries to freeze discretionary spending outside defense, an airport group said. Read more.
February 10, 2011 - Congress asks aviation leaders to suggest ways to cut expenses
Leaders of seven aviation organizations appeared before a House of Representatives subcommittee Wednesday and were asked to examine their requirements and see where money can be cut in the FAA’s budget that would not affect safety or efficiency. Read more.
February 8, 2011 - Senate Finance votes to increase jet fuel taxes 65 percent to fund airport modernization
The Senate Finance Committee today approved legislation that would provide $400 million per year for air traffic control modernization efforts, and would obtain these funds by raising jet fuel taxes by 65 percent. Read more.
February 6, 2011 - Will Congress finally pass FAA reauthorization? Or is the 18th extension imminent?
Looking to get a quick resolution of the delayed passage, both the Senate and the House placed FAA reauthorization as the first major legislation to be taken up in the new 112th Congress. But good intentions hit partisan snags. Read more.
January 9, 2011 - Call for no user fees in budget
Although he is no longer chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) is still active in seeking elimination of user fees for general aviation. He is circulating a letter urging President Obama not to include general aviation user fees in the budget for Fiscal year 2012. Read more.
December 21, 2010 - Congress approves yet another FAA reauthorization
The FAA stays in business with another three-month authorization extension after the Senate passed the bill during its weekend session. The House had passed the extension Dec. 2. Read more.
December 14, 2010 - House Approves FAA Reauthorization Extension
The House of Representatives last week passed a measure to extend FAA’s authorization through Sept. 30, 2011. The measure was included in a larger Fiscal 2011 continuing appropriations omnibus bill, H.R.3082, which the Senate is expected to clear this week. Read more.
November 18, 2010 - Senators push for lame-duck passage of FAA reauthorization
The FAA might get reauthorization after all this year if two powerful senators of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation have their way during this lame-duck session of Congress. Senators John (Jay) Rockefeller (D.-W.Va.), chairman of the full committee, and Byron Dorgan (D.-N.D.), chairman of the aviation subcommittee, say the FAA has been without financial stability for too long and the time to act is now. Read more.
September 24, 2010 - FAA Bill Delayed Again
The U.S. House and Senate today passed another three-month extension of FAA’s operating authority, meaning there will not be a full FAA reauthorization bill until December at the earliest. Read more.
August 3, 2010 - Will Congress ever agree on an FAA reauthorization bill?
Since Sept. 30, 2007, the FAA has been operating under short-term reauthorization bills — and the Congress just rushed through a 15th temporary funding bill on the final day before starting its August recess. This latest extension runs until Sept. 30. Read more.
August 2, 2010 - FAA Bill Still Elusive As Extension Passes
The House and Senate both approved legislation that extends the FAA’s operating authority and introduces new pilot safety rules, although leading aviation lawmakers expressed frustration that a long-term FAA bill could not be achieved. Read more.