The U.S. House today is considering a nearly $16.6 billion budget for the FAA in Fiscal Year 2018 as part of a major government funding package. The House yesterday began debate on the omnibus appropriations package that combines eight appropriations bills, including Transportation, House and Urban Development (THUD) funding legislation.
In July, the House Appropriations Committee approved the THUD bill that would provide a $153 million boost to the FAA’s funding over the current fiscal year and a $453 million increase over the White House request.
The House THUD package emphasizes safety and alternative fuel funding. It includes a number of provisions of note to the business and aviation community, such as the continued ability for the business aircraft operator to request that its tail number is blocked from display on public real-time tracking services.
Consideration of the bill began in the House yesterday and debate has been carried into today. The White House has indicated it would sign the bill, but its fate is less clear in the Senate, which is eying a stop-gap funding measure instead that would fund the government at current levels possibly through the end of the calendar year.