NBAA, GAMA and other aviation groups welcomed U.S. congressional passage of H.R.4741, a bill that extends current FAA programs and funding through July 15. The House of Representatives passed the legislation yesterday, while the Senate cleared the bill on Thursday. This extension will give the House and Senate time to reach agreement on a long-term FAA reauthorization bill.
“This FAA extension was a necessary step, and we thank House and Senate leaders for ensuring that current FAA programs and funding continue as lawmakers in both chambers work on respective long-term FAA reauthorization measures,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Last week the Senate Commerce Committee cleared S.2658, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016, for full Senate consideration. Senate leaders hope to bring this bill to the floor for a vote early next month. “NBAA strongly supports this bipartisan measure, which rejects calls for privatizing the nation’s aviation system, funded by new user fees, and overseen by an airline-dominated board of directors,” Bolen said.