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Senate Passes Legislation to Reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, Sending It to the House for Approval

Last night, the Senate overwhelmingly approved in an 88-4 vote legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years. While the House will have to consider the bill when it returns to D.C. next week, FAA operations will continue uninterrupted after the Senate approved a House-passed bill to extend FAA authorities for one week to allow the House time to vote on the full five-year reauthorization.

Of relevance to SWACCA, the five-year FAA reauthorization reflects our advocacy to build upon SWACCA’s success in securing $15 billion in funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for airport improvements that may provide work for members. Specifically, the compromise bill provides an additional $4 billion per year for the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program for fiscal years 2025-2028, which can be used for improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, and security—including through terminal modernization and expansion.

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