Senate’s FAA Authorization Perpetuates Big-Government Intrusion into Aviation Industry

This month, the Senate has been considering S. 2658, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016. The two-year bill authorizes FAA funding for airport improvements, Air Traffic Control, and various aviation safety oversight functions. Congress last reauthorized the FAA in March in the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2016, which simply extended spending authority through July 15, the beginning of Congress’s extended election-year recess.

While the Senate ostensibly wants to avoid another short-term extension that prolongs the status quo, this two-year, $33 billion bill is not the answer. The authorization not only fails to make any meaningful reforms, but also is laden with regulatory power grabs and congressionally directed spending that expand the federal government’s presence in the aviation sector.

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