Cantwell Statement on Senate Passage of a Short-Term FAA Extension

September 30, 2023

As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) faced both an expiration in authorization and funding tonight, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, released the following statement after both chambers passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government for 45 days and extend the authorities of the FAA through December 31, 2023:

“Passage of this short-term measure was the right thing to do. This will ensure continuity at the FAA and avoid pointless disruptions for the traveling public. But aviation workers and the traveling public deserve an FAA reauthorization bill that will give the agency the steady authority and the tools and resources necessary to be the global leader in aviation safety.”

Chair Cantwell introduced the bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act in June that would enhance consumer protections, update safety technologies, invest in airport infrastructure and tackle the air traffic controller shortage.

On Thursday, October 5, the Committee will hold a nomination hearing on Michael Whitaker to be the next FAA Administrator to ensure the agency has the strong leadership needed.