House approves FAA Reauthorization

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On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation infrastructure and safety programs for five years.

HR 3935 was introduced in the House last year by U.S. Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman; Rick Larson (D-WA), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Ranking Member; Garret Graves (R-LA), Aviation Subcommittee Chair; and Steve Cohen (D-TN), Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member. The legislation will provide safety improvements, airport infrastructure improvements; cutting-edge aviation solutions; workforce enhancements; and travel experience improvements.

“For over a century, the United States has led the world in aviation safety and innovation, and this bill is critical to ensuring America remains the global leader in aviation. It’s vital to our economy, to millions of American jobs, and to the millions of passengers that depend on our National Airspace System every single day,” Rep. Sam Graves said. “It will enhance the FAA’s efficiency and the overall passenger experience, while encouraging domestic innovation in aviation.”

The bill addresses several safety issues for the U.S. aviation system, improves FAA efficiency and operations, strengthens the general aviation sector, grow the aviation workforce, and invest in the U.S. airport infrastructure.

“The bill we are sending to President Biden today will create a safer, cleaner, greener and more accessible aviation system here in the U.S.,” Larsen said. “This bipartisan bill provides critical safety enhancements, grows America’s aviation workforce by creating good-paying jobs, invests in resilient infrastructure at U.S. airports of all sizes, sets clear priorities for advancing innovative aviation technologies and provides robust protections for airline customers. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 is the result of months of good faith work between House and Senate committee leaders, and I look forward to seeing President Biden sign it into law.”