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Wicker: FAA to expire in September if Congress does not act

photo courtesy Office of Roger Wicker, screenshot taken from video of Wicker on Senate floor, 7/28/2017

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker said lawmakers must act on FAA bill before the end of September.

However, Wicker said that division in the Senate over confirmation processes has him worried for the fall docket.

Wicker said the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will expire at the end of September without congressional action.

“The FAA provides important services affecting our airports, air traffic, and air travel experiences,” said Wicker. “Senate passage of a four-year reauthorization would offer stability and certainty to the future of these operations.”

Wicker is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and said that he has worked on and sponsored several amendments to the FAA bill, which was passed in committee earlier this summer.

“Those provisions would provide federal support for airports in our rural communities, require a review of airline fees, and create an unmanned systems safety research facility at Mississippi State University, which leads the FAA’s Center for Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” said Wicker.

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