Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Review - Committee Marks Up S 1939 – FAA Authorization Act

Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Technology Committee held an executive session to look at S 1939, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023. Substitute language was considered, 81 amendments were proposed. The bill was approved (presumably after approving the substitute language and perhaps multiple additional amendments were adopted), and ordered reported favorably. Unfortunately, neither the Committee hearing web page (as is fairly typical for Senate markups), nor the press release provide any details about what amendments were adopted.

Moving Forward

Since this is one of those bills that is considered a ‘must pass’ bill, it will eventually be considered by the full Senate. Once the report on this bill is published, and we can see what changes were actually made, the Senate will actually take up HR 3935 [removed from paywall] the House version of the FAA Authorization. The language approved here will be substituted for the House language as the first amendment to be considered. I suspect that there will be some level of bipartisan support for this language. Once passed, the bill will almost certainly have to go to conference to work out differences with the House passed language.


For more information on the changes proposed, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - - subscription required.

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