The House and Senate returned to session last week. The Senate and House passed, and sent to the President, a legislative package (H.R. 601) that will: provide $15 billion in funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery and response; extend federal spending from October 1, through December 8, 2017; and lift the federal debt limit for three months.
The House spent a considerable portion of the week debating a package of spending bills, the “Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018” (H.R. 3354). This legislation includes the remaining appropriations bills that the House must consider for Fiscal Year 2018: the “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”; the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”; the “Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”; the “Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act”; the “Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act”; the “Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”; the “Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act”; and the “Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act”. The House is expected to complete consideration of this spending package this week.
This week the Senate is slated to debate the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018” (S. 1519).
It now appears unlikely that either the House or Senate will debate their respective committee-passed FAA bills (H.R. 2997 and S. 1405) during September. It is also virtually certain that Congress will be required to enact a short-term extension for the FAA and aviation programs before the expiration of the current authorization on September 30th.