Senate Democrats

The First Jobs Bill of the Year: FAA Reauthorization

The Senate has been debating the first jobs bill of the new Congress this week, a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration that will create or protect at least 280,000 jobs. “Democrats are focused like a laser on jobs, and we hope Republicans will join us to pass common-sense measures like this bill that will keep our economy moving,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  

The airline industry accounts for nearly 11 million U.S. jobs and $1.2 trillion in annual economic activity. This bipartisan job creation bill gives it the resources it needs to remain strong.

In addition to creating jobs, the FAA bill will:

  • Invest in technology to reduce delays by 20% and improve safety for consumers
  • Protect passengers while they are on an aircraft
  • Improve access to rural communities

“This significant FAA package will force airlines to be more accountable when they make passengers wait on planes or at airports. This will make lives much easier for travelers in West Virginia and across the country. The bill supports thousands of jobs, strengths airline safety and provides much-needed funds for high-tech investments in large as well as small and regional airports,” said Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Senators will continue to file amendments to the bill throughout the next week. For up-to-date information from the Senate floor, tune in to: C-SPAN 2.