Congress Extends FAA Funding One Month

June 1, 2011 at 7:31 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AVweb

While aviation advocates continue to lobby for a stable, long-term FAA funding plan, Congress last week agreed to extend current funding for the agency through June 30. The bill is now awaiting President Obama’s signature. The obstacles to creating a long-term funding plan, according to U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, are two “poison-pill” provisions that Republicans in the House have refused to remove from their version of the bill. Those provisions call for $4 billion in funding cuts, which Costello says would hurt the U.S. economy and reduce aviation safety, and the repeal of an existing law that protects collective bargaining rights for some airline workers. Both houses of Congress have approved funding bills this year, but their differences must now be reconciled before a final version can become law. [Full story]

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