Thune working to reauthorize FAA – but House wants a temporary fix.

The current short-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension expires on July 15, leaving just a few short weeks for Congress to pass a short-term extension or a long term reauthorization bill.

For those of you who think it should be easy to get things liek that done – from Politico comes a story on how South Dakota’s Senior US Senator John Thune has been pushing for long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, but his committee counterparts in the House are only looking to put a band-aid… as well as a lot of other things on it:

John_Thune,_official_portrait,_111th_CongressTHUNE TO POLITICO: ‘WE’RE GOING TO TAKE ONE MORE RUN.’ Even with the House seemingly decided on taking an extension, Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune isn’t ready to admit defeat on his hopes of getting a bill passed by the summer. We caught up with him on Monday night and updated him on the latest we’d heard from the House. Thune says he’s planning to have discussions with Shuster this week. “We’re going to take one more run at trying to get something done with this,” Thune told POLITICO. “I know there are a lot of different things, permutations of this that are being discussed right now, but I think we’ll have a better sense by the end of the week. But we’ve got a dialogue going with our counterparts in the House right now, and I’m hopeful that that will yield some sort of forward progress.”


Final thoughts: MT asked Thune if he felt frustrated about the process. Stepping onto the Senate subway elevators, he sighed. “Yeah,” he said. “Aren’t you?”

Read it here.

And of course, it’s never as simple as passing a bill,  as the Capital Thinking blog notes

Complicating matters, FAA reauthorization is likely the only bill with a tax title that Congress will pass this year. Because of this, Members of Congress may attempt to add contentious tax provisions to the FAA bill, making an extension into 2017 more palatable to Members who want to avoid these tax fights during the lame duck period.

Read that here.

As much as those such as Senator Thune wants to move forward, it’s in the face of working with others who want to kick the can down the road to keep from having to make tough calls.

2 Replies to “Thune working to reauthorize FAA – but House wants a temporary fix.”

  1. Noddy Holder

    Maybe if this bill actually did something substantive it would have a chance. It ignores the corporate airline welfare also known as Essential Air Service, ignores the pilot shortage that is driving regional airlines to ruin, and it doesn’t really do anything to improve safety. Yeah, it throws a bunch of money at programs for bloated, under-used airports like that silly one out in Pierre, and it supposedly does something to address that terrible crisis of delayed baggage, but, really, where’s the beef?