"If we want to see Americans back to work we'll pass this legislation by the 17th of February, and then we'll come back in the next week or two and we will pass a long-term infrastructure transportation measure," he said.

Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement on labor that most see as progress that should lead to a final deal. The agreement would require that 50 percent of airline employees agree to form a union before a union election is called.

House passage of the FAA bill sends it to the Senate, which could approve it as early as this week.