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Aviation Advocates Look For FAA Funding Bill

General aviation advocates described as disappointing the failure of the U.S. Senate to advance a bill funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The Senate in a 49 to 42 vote on May 6 fell short of limiting debate on the FAA reauthorization bill and sending it to the floor for a vote. The House passed its version of the bill in September. “We are going to have to redouble our efforts to show Congress we support this issue,” said Lisa Piccione, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Business Aviation Association. Piccione and other representatives of trade groups representing general aviation interests spoke on the reauthorization bill May 8 during the AAAE General Aviation Issues Conference taking place in Van Nuys. Several of the speakers were critical that non-aviation amendments related to the Highway Trust Fund and tax-credit bonds for railway infrastructure got tacked onto the bill that resulted in the failure to for a full vote. Congress has extended funding for the FAA six times and it will expire on June 30 unless extended for a seventh time.

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