FAA Reauthorization Passes Senate Without Tax Provision

May 14, 2024 | Washington, D.C.

Last week the U.S. Senate passed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through Sept. 30, along with a short-term extension through May 17 to give the House of Representatives time to pass the bill. The FAA authorization was set to expire May 10.

As one of the last must-pass pieces of legislation before the November elections, the FAA reauthorization became the target for many unrelated amendments from sponsors of legislation looking for a vehicle to carry their bills. Among them was Senator Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) amendment that would have added tax provisions from H.R. 7024, a bill he negotiated with House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-MO) that passed the House but failed to garner Republican support in the Senate.

Ultimately, no amendments were made to the FAA reauthorization bill to expedite passage of the legislation before its May 10 expiration. As a result, the bipartisan provisions supported by the business community in H.R.7024 will likely be subject to consideration during the debate over extending provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 next year.