A weekly update illustrating some of the ways that Helicopter Association International (HAI) is "Keeping the Rotors Turning" for our members.
Vice President, Government Affairs — Cade Clark
The US House of Representatives has left Washington, DC until after the midterm elections and will return on November 13th. The US Senate is expected to stay in session until October 18th or 19th.
Before the House left, the members voted out HR 302, which is the new vehicle for the FAA reauthorization bill. The House also passed a short-term extension bill, extending the current authorization through October 7.
After the House departed, the Senate passed the short-term extension bill giving itself more time to wrap up work on the FAA bill. The initial timeline was for the Senate to wrap up the nomination process for the Supreme Court and then take up the FAA bill at the end of the week. After the Judiciary Committee hearing last week, that timetable was flipped. The Senate is now considering the FAA bill and should vote on it by Wednesday afternoon. The Senate will then turn its attention to the Supreme Court confirmation process.
Once the bill passes, HAI will send out a summary of provisions that are important to our industry, highlighting the main points that HAI advocated for.