House Approves Three-Month FAA Extension
The House of Representatives today passed legislation to extend the statutory authorities of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through December 31, 2023, as part of a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for 45 days. The measure passed in a 335-91 vote. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO). The FAA’s current authorization is set to expire just after 12:00 a.m. ET on October 1, 2023.
After the CR’s passage, Chairman Graves and Ranking Member Larsen issued the following statement:
“Reauthorizing the FAA is vital to ensuring the safe and efficient operation of America’s aviation system. Though the House overwhelmingly passed a bill in July to reauthorize the FAA for five years, the Senate needs additional time to consider and reach final agreement on a multi-year FAA bill, thus, passing a short-term extension in order to ensure all FAA programs continue to function while negotiations continue is necessary. But make no mistake, enacting a long-term bill as soon as possible is a top priority, as a series of short-term extensions will be detrimental to the FAA, airport infrastructure improvements, and the aviation industry.”