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Short-Term FAA Extension Bill Fails in the House

On Monday evening, the House attempted to pass a six-month FAA Extension bill that also included hurricane relief funds. The bill, H.R. 3284, was considered under suspension of the rules and required a two-thirds vote. It failed on a 171-245 vote.

Democrats voted in opposition after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) criticized Republicans for including “completely unrelated and inadequate items” to the FAA’s extension. Republicans are expected to bring the bill back to the floor this week under a floor rule requiring only a simple majority for passage.

Congress must pass an extension before September 30 or contract authority for the Airport Improvement Program will expire, the Airport and Airway Trust Fund will not collect roughly $30 million per day in aviation excise taxes, and the FAA will face a partial shutdown.

A six-month extension will buy time as Congress continues negotiations on several controversial provisions in the long-term reauthorization legislation.

We will continue to monitor this process and inform NASAO members of all major developments. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact John Shea at (703) 610-0272.

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