Air Traffic Overhaul Fight Could Hobble FAA Bill
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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