Friday, January 20, 2012
Congressional leaders have reportedly reached an agreement that will allow them to get past the impasse on union voting rules that was a major reason for the FAA shutdown last August. See John Crowley, Congress Reaches Breakthrough on U.S. Aviation Bill, Reuters, Jan. 20, 2012 (available here). The FAA has operated on short-term funding extensions for the past few years, seriously inhibiting the ability to plan for long-term projects such as the NextGen air traffic control system. The current funding extension ends January 31. This compromise provides optimism that a bill with long-term funding will be passed soon.