Government Affairs Democrats block FAA funding extension By Robert Silk / September 25, 2017 Share 1 -- The House of Representatives failed Monday evening to pass a six-month funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration after Democrats objected to the process under which the bill was brought forward. The Republican majority in the House had hoped to pass the bill under a fast-track procedure known as "Suspension of the Rules" that requires a two-thirds vote. But Democrats objected to Republicans drafting the bill without Democratic consultation. Along with FAA reauthorization, the bill included measures for hurricane disaster relief and private flood insurance, and to extend funding for certain designated healthcare programs.Democrats called those measures inadequate during debate on the House floor."It's sad that it's come to this point today, and my hope is we will move forward soon," said Rep. Pete DeFazio, (D-Ore.) the leading Democrat in the House transportation committee.Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Penn.), the chair of that committee, reminded House members that the extension must be passed by Sept. 30 to prevent a partial shutdown of FAA operations. A long-term House FAA reauthorization bill has yet to reach the floor for a vote due to controversy over a Shuster-championed proposal to put a private, nonprofit organization in charge of air traffic control rather than the FAA. "I believe we will move the bipartisan bill through the House in the next few weeks," Shuster said. The House GOP could still bring forward an FAA extension bill later this week in a manner that requires only a majority vote for passage. The House and Senate must agree on the same FAA funding extension bill ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline for the legislation to be signed by president Donald Trump.