The House passed a temporary Federal Aviation Administration authorization extension Wednesday, giving the Senate until the end of the year to pass the full reauthorization bill.
The temporary extension won’t be a surprise to the FAA, which has been operating under them since its authorization expired during the last Congress.
The sixth temporary extension expires Sept. 30. The new extension goes until Dec. 31 and allows the FAA to continue to collect and spend revenues.
The House passed a multiyear reauthorization bill, HR 915, in May, but the bill has stalled in the Senate, just as it did in the last Congress.
The Senate bill is tied up in the Senate Finance Committee, which deals with the revenue portions of the bill. That committee has been consumed with health care for much of this congressional session, so a timetable for progressing on the FAA reauthorization is unclear.