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"FAA Reauthorization Bill Still Pending"

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

FAA Reauthorization Bill Still Pending

Little, if any, activity is expected in Congress this week on FAA
reauthorization legislation since only the House is in session. Members of
the Senate are on recess until Oct. 22 in observance of the Columbus Day

The last FAA reauthorization bill and the aviation excise taxes were set to
expire at the end of September. However, Congress passed a continuing
resolution to allow FAA and other federal agencies to continue operating
through Nov. 16. The measure also extends the aviation excise taxes through
the same period. If Congress is unable to send an FAA reauthorization bill
to the President's desk before then, lawmakers likely will consider another

Meanwhile, the fate of the FAA reauthorization bill is unclear. The House
passed H.R.2881, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007, on Sept. 20. The
four-year bill would raise the PFC cap from $4.50 to $7 and authorize $15.8
billion for AIP. 

The Senate's reauthorization bill has been stalled. The Senate Commerce
Committee approved S.1300, the Aviation Investment and Modernization Act of
2007, in May. However, the Senate has not considered its version of the FAA
reauthorization bill due largely to a debate over how to pay for air traffic
control modernization.

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