Political and Legislative

The House Passes a Major Aviation Policy Bill

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a major aviation policy bill after turning back an attempt to expand flights at the airport closest to the U.S. Capitol — but the legislation has a long way to go before it sees President Joe Biden’s desk, and the clock is ticking.

The bill, H.R. 3935 (118), passed the House overwhelmingly, 351-69. It would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration with about $103 billion over the next five years as the agency grapples with a crush of passengers returning to the skies in greater numbers than before the pandemic.

Now it’s the Senate’s turn to act, but progress in the upper chamber has been bogged down by a dispute over whether to change a rule setting the minimum number of flight training hours a pilot must have before flying a commercial airplane. Senators had hoped to reschedule a Senate Commerce Committee markup for its version of the bill, S. 1939 (118), this week, but ultimately were not ready.

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