FAA bill with NEPA, energy policies ready for floor action

By Andres Picon | 04/30/2024 06:17 AM EDT

Negotiators kept some key environmental provisions from the Federal Aviation Administration bill the House passed last year.

Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.).

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and ranking member Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) helped unveil compromise Federal Aviation Administration legislation Monday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Congress this week will begin consideration of a compromise bill that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for five years and implement a host of new energy and environment policies.

Lawmakers will race to pass the $105 billion measure — one of the last “must-pass” bills for the next several months — before FAA funding lapses May 10.

The process could get complicated, however, with lawmakers expected to demand amendment votes on other legislative priorities. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) set the stage for an initial vote as soon as this week.


The bill, H.R. 3935, the “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024,” includes numerous changes to the version that the House passed last summer with overwhelming bipartisan support. But it keeps intact several provisions aimed at shortening environmental reviews and supporting airports’ climate resilience.