Senate approves FAA bill minus energy, enviro amendments

By Andres Picon | 05/10/2024 06:49 AM EDT

A compromise nuclear package was among the proposed amendments that did not get a vote.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) is vowing to keep fighting for a nuclear energy compromise after it failed to hitch a ride on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization. Stephanie Scarbrough/AP

A bipartisan effort boosting advanced nuclear energy was not part of a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration that passed the Senate on Thursday.

Backers had hoped to include the nuclear measure in the FAA bill, H.R. 3935, but leaders blocked it from getting a vote. The FAA legislation now goes to the House after months of delays over policy disagreements.

The upper chamber also approved a short-term FAA extension to avoid a lapse in authorization this weekend, allowing the House to vote on the full reauthorization next week.


The “FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024,” — which contains a host of policy provisions on energy efficiency, climate resilience and environmental reviews — passed 88-4. Myriad energy and environment amendments did not hitch a ride.