FAA Funding Extended for the 19th Time
May 26, 2011 — With the latest funding extension set to run out on May 31, Congress voted this week to continue funding the FAA through June 30, 2011, in hopes it’ll be able to iron things out by then. The short-term extension, the 19th such funding extension since 2007, has been forwarded to the president for his signature.
Sticking points continue to be centered on funding cuts and union issues. “For several weeks we have worked with the Senate to resolve a number of differences between the two bills,” Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) told The Hill. “However, the most controversial aspects of the House FAA reauthorization bill - the arbitrary $4 billion funding cuts that will have a negative impact on aviation safety and our economy, and a provision that repeals a federal rule on fair labor elections and mounts an assault on collective bargaining rights - have not been resolved or dropped from the bill.
“So despite assurances from our friends on the Republican side of the aisle that we would not have another FAA extension, Congress must now enact the 19th short-term extension,” he added. “If the House Republicans continue to insist on these controversial poison-pill provisions, the enactment of a long-term bill this year is in serious jeopardy, and we will be back here on the floor for more extensions in the future.”