House Leaders Take Steps to Put FAA Bill on Floor in 2 Weeks

This week, House Republican leaders laid the procedural groundwork for having the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R. 3935) on the House floor for amendments and debate during the week of July 17.

The legislation has elements from three House committees. The vast majority of the bill comes from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which held a two-day markup and approved H.R. 3935 on June 14. The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has partial jurisdiction over FAA aeronautics research, and they approved their own bill confined to those topics (H.R. 3559) on June 15. And the Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over the indispensable two pages of the bill that extends aviation excise taxes and the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which that panel approved as H.R. 3796 on June 7.

The House Rules Committee, acting as the scheduling arm of the majority party leadership in that chamber, stitched those three bills together into one cohesive whole and posted that bill text (formally called Rules Committee Print 118-11) online on July 6. The chairman of Rules then announced that any House member wanting to amend the FAA reauthorization bill has until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12 to file amendments to the unified bill text with Rules in order to explore the possibility that the amendment might be one of those made in order.

The announcement indicated that any meeting of the Rules Committee will not occur until the week of July 17, which puts House consideration of the bill on the later end of that week.

Appropriations Authorized by Rules Committee Print 118-11

Millions of dollars per fiscal year
FY 2023 FY 2024 FY 2025 FY 2026 FY 2027 FY 2028 5-Year
Sec. Program Actual Proposed Proposed Proposed Proposed Proposed Proposed
101 FAA Grants-in-Aid to Airports 3,350 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 20,000
102 FAA Facilities and Equipment 2,945 3,375 3,425 3,475 3,475 3,475 17,225
103 FAA Operations 11,915 12,730 13,035 13,334 13,640 13,954 66,693
303 Nat. Center for Adv. Of Aeros. 0 10 10 10 11 11 52
688 Space Launch/Reentry Tech 0 10 10 10 10 10 50
772 Essential Air Service 349 332 312 300 265 252 1,461
902 Nat. Transpo. Safety Board 1,029 142 145 150 155 161 753
1111 FAA Research & Develop. 245 255 261 267 273 279 1,335
TOTAL AUTHORIZATIONS 19,833 20,854 21,198 21,546 21,829 22,142 107,569

Meanwhile, there is still no sign of life for the FAA reauthorization bill in the Senate, where what was supposed to be a bipartisan reauthorization bill fell apart minutes after the June 15 markup session of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee was supposed to commence. Proposed amendatory changes to the 1,500-hour pilot training rule, and to long-distance access to Washington Reagan National Airport, caused the markup session to be called off, and there is still no sign of its being rescheduled. (The Commerce panel has a nominations markup and a Coast Guard hearing scheduled this week.)

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