The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 915 on June 4, a bill to reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration funding and safety oversight programs for four years, with a total authorized spending level of $70 billion.
The bill includes a total of $16.2 billion for the Airport Improvement Program, the primary source of federal funding for airport capital projects. The bill also increases the Passenger Facility Charge on airline flights from $4.50 to $7.00, which is intended to generate $1 billion per year in additional revenue.
The most recent multi-year authorization of the FAA expired on September 30, 2007. The agency has been operating under a series of short-term extensions since that time. The Senate has not yet acted on reauthorization legislation this year.