The bill is a short-term solution to what increasingly appears to be a long-term problem related to the extension of airport and airway taxes that help fund the FAA. The House last week approved a bill extending these taxes until mid-September, but included language that would cut federal subsidies to three small airports.

The Senate refused to act on that bill, and the FAA taxes expired, leading to the partial shutdown on Saturday. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) on Wednesday argued that Senate Democrats are to blame, and neither chamber as of yet seems willing to accept an extension that the other can support.