Lawmakers attempting to split off the nation's air traffic control system from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could disrupt efforts to pass the six-year authorization of the agency. Congress is under pressure to lock in stable, long-term funding for the agency, but a provision that calls for creating an independent corporation to run the nation's air traffic control system could be a major sticking point in the bill.
"The appropriators like an annual funding process because it gives them a continuous path to oversight," said attorney David C. Whitestone who chairs Holland & Knight's transportation industry practice. "There’s a fear on their part that if you take the FAA out of that appropriations process, you lose some of that oversight, particularly for a key element of the nation’s economy.”
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