Tag Archives: Federal Aviation Administration

President Releases “Skinny Budget”; Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Hearing on FAA Reauthorization

Legislative Activity President Releases “Skinny Budget” On March 16, the Administration released the President’s “Skinny Budget.” As is typical with a budget outline provided by a new President, the request is very high level and does not include nearly the detail of a full budget proposal. The Administration has said it will release its full … Continue Reading

Senate May Approve Chao Nomination This Week; President Trump Addresses Infrastructure, But Plan Still Unclear; President Trump Freezes Regulatory Action

Legislative Activity Senate May Approve Chao Nomination This Week While Nominee-designate Elaine Chao was not included in the two cabinet members approved by the Senate on Friday (Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were confirmed), but Ms. Chao may be confirmed this week. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John … Continue Reading

Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Chao Nomination Hearing; President-Elect Trump Infrastructure Proposal Update; “Drones Over People” Rule Expected Soon

Legislative Activity Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Chao Nomination Hearing The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao. In addition to serving as the Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush, she served as Deputy Secretary at US DOT under President George H. W. Bush, … Continue Reading

Congress to Vote on Short-Term FAA Reauthorization This Week

Legislative Activity Congress to Vote on Short-Term FAA Reauthorization This Week This week, Congress will vote on a short-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization that will reauthorize FAA programs through September 30, 2017. The short-term authorization includes some policy changes, but avoids many significant changes the House and Senate had been pursuing. While the Senate … Continue Reading

Tax-Writers Gear Up to Release Proposals; Treasury Response to Concerns Over Section 385 Regs Unclear

Legislative Activity Coming Soon: The GOP’s Tax Reform “Blueprint” With House Republicans expected to roll out their comprehensive tax “blueprint” this month – and lawmakers set to leave Washington on Friday, June 24 – it is likely that we will see the proposal released this week. It is quite possible, however, that the final product may … Continue Reading

Short-Term FAA Reauthorization Likely Soon; FAA May Release Final Drone Rule This Week

Legislative Activity Short-Term FAA Reauthorization Likely Soon The current short-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension expires on July 15, leaving just four weeks for Congress to pass another short-term extension or a long term reauthorization bill. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) recently admitted that Congress will have to pass another short-term … Continue Reading

FAA Reauthorization Deadline a Month Away

Legislative Activity FAA Reauthorization Deadline a Month Away The current short-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension expires on July 15, leaving just over a month for Congress to pass a short-term extension or a long term reauthorization bill. While the Senate passed its reauthorization, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 (H.R. 636), by an overwhelming … Continue Reading

FAA Reauthorization Deadline Approaching, Amid Security Concerns; Appropriations Process Stalled

Legislative Activity FAA Reauthorization Deadline Approaching, Amid Security Concerns The current short-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension expires on July 15, leaving only 20 legislative days for Congress to pass a long-term reauthorization bill or another short-term extension.  This also limits the opportunity that House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) has to … Continue Reading

Unclear How House Will Proceed on FAA Reauthorization; Senate Appropriations Committee Passes THUD Appropriations Bill, Unclear When it Will Hit Senate Floor

Legislative Activity Unclear How House Will Proceed on FAA Reauthorization After the Senate overwhelmingly approved its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation on April 19 by a vote of 95 to 3, it remains unclear how the House will proceed on its own FAA reauthorization legislation, which continues to be stalled due to objections on … Continue Reading

Senate Could Pass FAA Reauthorization Act on Monday; Senate Appropriations Committee to Mark Up THUD Appropriations Bill

Legislative Activity Senate Could Pass FAA Reauthorization Act on Monday On Monday, the Senate is expected to hold a cloture vote on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. The Senate considered the FAA Reauthorization Act most of last week, adopting a variety of bipartisan amendments to the bill that would reauthorize FAA programs … Continue Reading

Senate Judiciary Committee Confirms Hearing on EB-5 Target Employment Areas; Brussels Attacks Prompt Security Reassessments in US, Could Increase Summer Travel Delays

Legislative Activity Senate Judiciary Committee Confirms Hearing on EB-5 Target Employment Areas The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its second hearing of the year examining the EB-5 Regional Center Program.  This program is designed to bolster the U.S. economy by incentivizing investment from foreigners in exchange for legal permanent residence.  The FY 2016 omnibus appropriations measure … Continue Reading

Senate to Continue Consideration of FAA Reauthorization Act

Legislative Activity Senate to Continue Consideration of FAA Reauthorization Act On Monday, the Senate will resume floor consideration of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. Over 100 amendments to the bill have been filed, but it is unclear how many will be offered on the floor this week. Additionally, Senate Leadership and … Continue Reading

Senate Commerce Committee to Markup FAA Reauthorization

Legislative Activity Senate Commerce Committee to Markup FAA Reauthorization The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will mark up the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S. 2658) this Wednesday, March 16. The bipartisan bill would reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs through September 30, 2017. The text of the bill is available here. … Continue Reading

House Shelves AIRR Act, Senate to Pursue Own FAA Reauthorization Legislation

Legislative Activity House Shelves AIRR Act, Senate to Pursue Own FAA Reauthorization Legislation Members of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee are moving forward with their own bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation in the coming weeks, after House Leadership shelved the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act amid diverse opposition to … Continue Reading

AIRR Act Delayed Amid ATC Reform Opposition

Legislative Activity AIRR Act Delayed Amid ATC Reform Opposition The House is unlikely to consider the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act on the floor this week amid opposition from Democrats, Republican appropriators, and some Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee. The AIRR Act would reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs … Continue Reading

AIRR Act’s ATC Reform Faces Diverse Opposition

Legislative Activity AIRR Act’s ATC Reform Faces Diverse Opposition The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster’s (R-PA) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill, faces diverse opposition to its air traffic control (ATC) reform provisions. The AIRR Act would remove ATC from the federal government and transfer … Continue Reading

FAA Reauthorization Coming Into Focus

Legislative Activity FAA Reauthorization Coming Into Focus House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) is expected to release a draft Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill soon, and it could be as early as this week. The current six-month FAA Reauthorization extension expires on March 31. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman … Continue Reading

President Signed Five-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization; Next Up, FAA Reauthorization

Legislative Activity President Signed Five-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Last Friday, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) into law, reauthorizing surface transportation programs for the next five years. The $305 billion bill gained widespread bipartisan support, passing the House by a vote of 359-65 and the Senate by a vote of … Continue Reading

FCC Chairman Announces Proposals for New Copper Retirement Rules

Legislative Activity House Subcommittee Asks FCC for Nationwide Number Portability On July 9, all the members of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee (Communications Subcommittee) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (House Commerce Committee) wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him to ensure that consumers may take their existing … Continue Reading

Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 Delayed

Legislative Activity WRDA Reauthorization Floor consideration of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, has been delayed due to the debate over the continuing resolution. This Week’s Hearings: Despite the shutdown, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee continues to hold hearings and conduct business as usual. The following subcommittee hearings are … Continue Reading
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