FAA extension proposed to clear way for long-term bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House of Representatives will consider a bill to add another short extension of FAA programs to provide time to continue negotiations for a long-term extension. This extension will be very short, only until Feb. 17. The bill was introduced Monday, Jan. 23.

House Speaker John Boeher (R-Ohio) and Senator Harry Reid (D.Nev.) agreed on a compromise that removes a primary block in previous attempts to provide long-term reauthorization. It involves the manner in which voting is handled in negotiations by unions in the airline industry. Other differences still remain, making an extension needed to resolve these.

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said this 23rd short-term extension will provide time to work out these remaining issues. “We must bring to a conclusion a long-term FAA bill to help cause jobs, modernize our nation’s aviation infrastructure and air traffic control system, and streamline and reform FAA programs as soon as possible,” he said.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association supports the compromise agreed to by Rep. Boeher and Sen. Reid. The association’s president, Paul Rinaldi, said this bill has been nearly five years coming and the compromise “will put us on a path towards modernization and ensure that the U.S. will continue to lead with the safest and most efficient air traffic control system in the world.”


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