HAI has learned the U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as Tuesday, March 17 to take up a measure to extend the Federal Aviation Administration’s authorization through the end of the fiscal year.
The draft bill is scheduled to be considered under suspension of the rules, and should clear the way for quick passage by the Senate. The bill will focus only on extending the authorization and not other policy issues.
The FAA has been operating under a series of short-term extensions since October 2007, the most recent of which (PL 110-330) expires at the end of March.
The Senate Commerce Committee Chairman, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, D-West Virginia has said he wants an extension with the same time frame as the House’s bill.
If enacted, the extension would give lawmakers an extra six months to come up with a four-year reauthorization bill to rework FAA policy matters.