The Federal Aviation Administration is headed for its 16th temporary extension in three years. While the House and Senate have each passed a comprehensive reauthorization bill this year, getting a final package to the president's desk has been arduous. The process is currently held up over a number of issues, including a labor dispute involving FedEx, an increase in the passenger facility charge and the question of how many long-distance flights should be allowed at Reagan National Airport.
What are the most pressing needs in a comprehensive reauthorization bill? If prospects continue to look dim, would it be better for Congress to break out provisions dealing with airport infrastructure, a NextGen air traffic control system, or others?