House Passes Bipartisan FAA Extension
The House of Representatives today unanimously approved a bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension that ensures the FAA is funded through September 30, 2017, and that provides a limited number of important safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements for the U.S. aviation system.
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sponsored the measure, H. Res. 818, the “FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016.”
“This extension provides stability to our aviation system over the next 14 months, and includes limited but critical and time-sensitive provisions to improve aviation safety and security,” Shuster said. “Today’s measure reflects the bipartisan, bicameral agreement reached with Senate leaders, and I look forward to the Senate sending it to the president before the current FAA authorization expires on Friday. With this extension in place, Congress can continue to develop a long-term, comprehensive FAA bill that includes many additional reforms and improvements to our aviation system.”
“While I would have rather moved a comprehensive long-term FAA reauthorization, this legislation reflects a bipartisan compromise that provides more than a year of certainty and includes a number of time-sensitive safety and security provisions that will better protect our nation’s airspace and air travelers,” said DeFazio. “I thank my colleagues in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle for working together to get this bill done, and look forward to working over the next year with my colleagues to address a number of key issues that were not included in this extension.”
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