Law to Fund the FAA During Future Shutdowns Proposed in Congress

The recent government shutdown — the longest in US history —
had widespread
repercussions for the aviation industry
. It would also seem
that the aviation industry
played a key role in getting the government reopened
, at least


In an effort to avoid some of those repercussions like
route delays
aircraft certifications
and keeping ATCs on the job, a new bill
introduced into the US House of Representatives would see the FAA
fully funded during any future government shutdown. The bill was
introduced by Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, who is the
chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and

The new law would fund the FAA during shutdowns using the
Airport and Airway Trust Fund. The fund is the recipient of taxes
paid on airline tickets, jet fuel and cargo. Rick Larsen, the
chairman of the subcommittee for aviation, co-sponsored the bill.
Larsen says the bill would “ensure essential personnel who work
under immensely stressful situations continue to get paid, and that
the largest, busiest and most complex airspace system in the world
remains safe for passengers and employees,”

This bill would only fund the FAA. TSA, which is a part of
Homeland Security, would still be
forced to work without pay
during a government shutdown. With
the possibility of another shutdown only days away, it’s doubtful
this legislation would be passed before the Feb. 15 deadline.


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Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News2
Law to Fund the FAA During Future Shutdowns Proposed in Congress