Federal Aviation Administration

After passing 23 short-term extensions of federal aviation programs, Congress is close to agreeing to a four-year reauthorization.  The bill would authorize numerous Federal Aviation Administration programs and allow taxes to be collected to fund the Airport and Airway Trust Fund.

Many conservatives remain concerned the agreement does not include a provision nullifying a National Mediation Board ruling that made it easier for rail and airline workers to unionize. Instead, it will increase the petition threshold needed to order a certification vote. Conservatives are also concerned that the bill will continue to fund the Essential Air Service Program. This is a pork program that subsidizes flights to undeserved remote airports at a cost of up to $4,000 per flight.