Action Alert: FAA Extension in Doubt

Action Alert - FAA Extension in Doubt

Last night the Senate was unable to move to the FAA extension due to objections.  Senate Majority Leader Reid may ask for unanimous consent to move the bill today but he is unlikely to obtain it.  If the Senate is forced to go through the procedural motions necessary to bring the extension to a vote the FAA may be shut down well into next week.  And that’s not taking into account what the House will do with a clean extension.

The Senate is not scheduled to vote this weekend, as originally planned, and the House is no longer scheduled to be in session.  This makes it increasingly likely that 4000 FAA employees will be furloughed at midnight.

Please call your Senators this morning and urge them to move the clean FAA extension bill, S. 1387, today.

Talking Points:

  • Shutting down the FAA further delays the ability of the FAA to move AIP funding for safety and security projects out the door and the construction season is quickly slipping by in many northern states.
  • The five short-term extensions in FY 2011 have already resulted in funding decisions being delayed due to the reduction in sponsor entitlement funds. This delay has resulted in several hundred million dollars in delayed construction and economic activity.
  • Administrative and project costs have increased due to the need for multiple grants having to be issued for a single project.  This leads to cost increases and project inefficiencies.
  • Airports and their contractors are forced to piecemeal construction projects into smaller components so that projects can be executed with the funding made available by a particular extension.  This ultimately delays the completion of important safety and capacity projects. 
  • Because all funding has not yet been made available and without final program funding authorization this late in the fiscal year it is increasingly likely that good, high priority projects will be deferred until next fiscal year; especially in northern tier climates which have lost most of the construction season.