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Senate Votes to Pass CR, Extend FAA Funding

Brothers and Sisters,

This evening, the U.S. Senate voted to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) that was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier today. President Biden is expected to quickly sign the legislation into law, averting a partial government shutdown that would have included the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at 12:01am Saturday, March 2. After the bill is signed into law, the appropriations deadline will be pushed back a week to 12:01am Saturday, March 9, to allow Congress sufficient time to pass six of the twelve annual funding bills, including the bill that funds the Department of Transportation and the FAA.

Congressional leaders indicated they will release the details of each of the bills by the end of this weekend. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the funding bills as soon as Wednesday, March 6. Once the bills pass the House and the Senate next week, funding for those agencies, including the FAA, would be provided through September 30, 2024.

Additionally, FAA authorization expires on March 8. The U.S. House of Representatives also passed legislation today extending the FAA’s existing authorization until May 10. That legislation is pending with the Senate and is widely expected to be approved before the March 8 deadline.

We will continue to provide timely updates to NATCA members regarding Congressional actions related to the appropriations bills and the FAA authorization extension.

In Solidarity,
The National Executive Board

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