House Passes FAA Reauthorization Bill

By Anna Breuer on 27 April 2018
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Old Senate chamber in the Capitol

Old Senate chamber in the Capitol

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, formally known as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, on Friday.

The measure will renew the agency’s funding for another five years.

In addition to renewing funding, the bill did not increase any travel-related taxes including the Passenger Facility Charge, commonly referred to as the airport tax. It also includes provisions for directing how disaster program funds are spent, albeit without allocating funds for those programs.

The airline industry applauded the move as did airline employees.

“We applaud the House effort to produce an FAA reauthorization bill that provides long-term certainty for the 2.3 million passengers and countless businesses and shippers that rely on access to safe, affordable travel and shipping options every day,” said Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, the trade association representing major U.S. airlines.

“Today, the House voted for legislation that fixes this safety loophole of Flight Attendant fatigue. This is about safety, health, and equality,” stated Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants.

The final vote was 393-13. The legislation is expected to reach the Senate floor next month.

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