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Congress passes FAA funding extensionCongress passes FAA funding extension

Both the House and Senate have passed a six-month FAA funding extension. The legislation, which does not contain language to remove air traffic control from the FAA, heads to President Donald Trump for his signature just days before the Sept. 30 funding deadline.

The U.S. Capitol Dome is home to the U.S. Congress and its House and Senate governing bodies, two of the many government agencies that have influence over general aviation. iStock photo.

The extension originally passed by the House contained flood insurance provisions, which were removed by the Senate over bipartisan opposition. The Senate amended the bill and sent it back to the House, where it also passed.

“We applaud the House and Senate for passing this needed legislation,” said AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker.

Supporters of so-called ATC privatization plan another push for a House vote on the legislation in October.

“AOPA will continue mobilizing pilots and working with elected officials to ensure we don’t give away our skies to the airlines and instead focus on continuing efforts to modernize air traffic control,” Baker said.

Joe Kildea

Joe Kildea

AOPA Senior Director of Communications
Joe is a student pilot and his first solo flight was at AOPA’s home airport in Frederick, Maryland. Before joining AOPA in 2015, he worked for numerous political campaigns, news organizations, and the White House Press Office.
Topics: Advocacy, FAA Funding, Capitol Hill

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