Adam S. Olsen- Washington, D.C.
May 14, 2024

The Senate will reconvene for the week at 3:00 P.M. and will take up the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Courtney Diesel O’Donnell to be United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, with the rank of Ambassador.

The House reconvened for the week at 2:00 P.M. for legislative business with first and last votes expected at 6:30 P.M.  The House is expected take up sixteen bills under suspension of the Rules including H.R. 4510 – NTIA Reauthorization Act of 2024.  Later the House is expected to easily clear the bicameral Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, sending the measure to the president’s desk with time to spare before a Friday funding deadline.  The measure would reauthorize the FAA at $105 billion over five years and includes priorities aimed at overhauling aircraft certification and improving aviation safety.  It would increase authorizations for FAA operations to $66.7 billion total over the term, starting at $13 billion for fiscal 2024, which ends on September 30th.  That’s up from $11.5 billion in fiscal 2023. From there, topline authorizations reach $14 billion for operations in fiscal 2028.  The bill passed the Senate the evening of May 9th in a 88-4 vote after a fraught amendment process as some senators threatened, but failed, to hold up an agreement to fast-track the bill unless they received floor votes on their amendments. The Senate also cleared a short-term extension of the existing authority.  President Joe Biden signed the extension the next day, moving the deadline from May 10 to this Friday.

Adam S. Olsen, Washington, D.C.