Government Affairs Congress passes FAA funding extension By Robert Silk / October 01, 2017 Share 1 -- Congress passed a six-month funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), staving off a potential partial shutdown of the agency. The move came late Thursday afternoon, ahead of what would have been the Sept. 30 expiration of a FAA funding. The FAA is now funded through March 30. The extension was necessary because Congress has not passed a long-term FAA reauthorization bill. The House version of that bill has yet to reach the floor for a vote due to controversy over a proposal to put a private, nonprofit organization in charge of air traffic control rather than the FAA. In the Senate, a floor vote has been held up by a proposal to grant more exceptions to the rule that requires new commercial airline co-pilots to have logged at least 1,500-hours of flight times prior to being certified. Both the House and the Senate approved the funding extension on Thursday. The extension was lumped into a bill that includes disaster relief for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.