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House Approves Airport And Airway Extension Act Of 2010

By Jim Douglas

April 29, 2010 - The House on Wednesday approved and sent to the Senate the latest in a series of authorization extensions for the Federal Aviation Administration. H.R. 5147, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, was approved by voice vote.

The authorization is currently set to expire April 30, 2010, but the new bill extends that deadline to July 3, 2010. Following is the prepared floor statement by Rep. James L. Oberstar (Minn.), Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and sponsor of the extension bill.

Floor Statement of the Honorable James L. Oberstar H.R. 5147, the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010” “Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 5147, the “Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010”.


“H.R. 5147 ensures that aviation programs, taxes, and Airport and Airway Trust Fund expenditure authority will continue without interruption, pending completion of a long-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization act.

“The most recent long-term FAA reauthorization act, the Vision 100 – Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (P.L. 108-176), expired on September 30, 2007. The House passed an FAA reauthorization bill during the 110th Congress, and again last year.

“I am pleased that the Senate passed its own comprehensive reauthorization bill last month, and I look forward to the passage of final legislation that will provide for the modernization of our aviation system and reauthorize the FAA over the long term.

“We must ensure in the meantime that the FAA’s programs and authority do not lapse. Accordingly, H.R. 5147 is the latest short-term extension act. It ensures continuity of funding and program authority beyond April 30, 2010, when the FAA’s current extension expires. H.R. 5147 provides a two-month extension of aviation programs, through July 3, 2010.

“I thank my Committee colleagues – especially Ranking Member Mica, Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Costello, and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Petri – as well as Ways and Means Committee Chairman Levin and Ranking Member Camp for working with me on this critical legislation. I strongly urge my colleagues to join me in supporting H.R. 5147”.
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