FAA reauthorization bill could be ready this week

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) has pushed for the language, but it’s not likely to pass muster in the Senate.

The Senate passed a two-year $34.5 billion measure in March and the House passed a $70 billion bill last year that covers 2009-2012.

The Senate is in session for three more weeks and the House plans to leave by the end of next week, giving lawmakers a tight timeframe to move the measure. But a Senate leadership aide said Monday that the bill could be considered in this work period. 

Overall, the FAA bill calls for the air traffic control system to switch from World War II-era radar technology to a satellite-based system by 2014 at the busiest airports, and nationwide by 2020.