Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Issues and Debate in the 115th Congress

On April 27, 2018, the House of Representatives passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), a six-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization measure that does not include a controversial proposal to privatize air traffic control laid (ATC) out in an earlier bill, H.R. 2997. On May 9, 2018, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation reported a four-year FAA reauthorization bill (S. 1405, S.Rept. 115-243) that does not address ATC privatization. The enactment of either bill would be the first long-term FAA reauthorization act since the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-95) expired at the end of FY2015. Despite many similarities, there are a number of differences in the two bills, including the length of authorization, funding amounts, and other provisions. This report provides an overview of the proposed legislation and related aviation issues. Sections address: funding, privatization, NextGen implementation, unmanned aircraft systems, aviation safety, FAA organization issues, Essential Air Service, and airline consumer issues.


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  • Accession Number: 01704694
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R45207
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 16 2019 10:52AM