Senate passes legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) through 2028. The legislation passed by a vote of 88 to 4.

U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) released the following statement after voting in favor of the bill:

“The FAA must be authorized to operate, and every five years we have a responsibility to ensure it has the resources to effectively oversee and manage our nation’s aviation system. North Dakota depends on safe and efficient aviation. Our state’s economy depends on airports being open and air traffic controllers helping manage flights. We are landlocked in the middle of the North American continent, making interstate commerce and travel critical to our state’s success. Airports play a central role in ensuring that both goods and people can move.

“From the University of North Dakota’s partnership with the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems to the Northern Plains UAS test site, our state’s aviation ecosystem is intertwined with the FAA. This bill also strengthens our aviation workforce by providing new opportunities at flight schools like UND, and by increasing staffing levels at all of our air traffic control towers. I am grateful that the Senate passed the bill.”