Congress under pressure to finalize FAA Reauthorization billJuly 21, 2011 at 8:54 am | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
WASHINGTON – A quarrel between the House and Senate over union organizing by airline and railroad workers could lead to a shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration.
The FAA’s operating authority expires on Friday. The agency has operated under a series of 20 short-term extensions since Sept. 30, 2007, because lawmakers have been unable to agree on a long-term funding bill. [more]
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood expressed his concerns Wednesday that disagreements between the House and Senate could halt FAA funded projects by Friday and the FAA warned that could lead to thousands of furloughs as early as Saturday. The problem is that a temporary measure to fund the FAA is set to expire Friday. And the extension passed Wednesday by the House includes new language that is unlikely to pass the Senate. Without the Senate’s approval of that extension, some form of shutdown is expected to impact the FAA by Saturday. [more]
Source: The Hill