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FAA Reauthorization Not on House Agenda for Next Week


top story photo The House schedule for next week does not include Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster's (R-Pa.) FAA reauthorization bill.

Chairman Shuster and other committee members had indicated in recent days that the bill could get a vote next week.

Lawmakers face a busy agenda and uncertain schedule next week as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida. The House cut short its session on Friday to accommodate members of the Florida delegation, and the storm could also impact the schedule during the first part of next week. House leaders plan to complete consideration of a package of eight FY 2018 appropriations measures next week after postponing a final vote that had been scheduled for Friday.

It is also unclear if Shuster currently has the votes to get his bill through the House. Although the FAA reauthorization bill has slipped from next week's schedule, House leaders have not released their schedule for the week after that.

With no long-term reauthorization bill in place and FAA programs and taxes set to expire on September 30, lawmakers will need to pass another short-term extension to avoid a partial FAA shutdown at the end of the month. Congressional leaders are currently debating how long the next extension will last. AAAE and ACI-NA have urged lawmakers to pass a long-term FAA extension to ensure that federal funding for airport infrastructure projects is not held up while Congress continues to work on a comprehensive FAA bill.

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