Congress had a short week, leaving on Thursday with return scheduled for next Tuesday. In the Senate an issue that is under the radar, no pun intended, is the need for Congress to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as the current authorization expires next Friday, May 10.

The FAA has been operating under a temporary extension for several months as the House and Senate work to agree on a long-term extension.  The consensus expects that Congress will not let the FAA authorization expire. If no agreement is reached, Congress will likely pass a short-term extension.  However, like a government shutdown, Congress sometimes stumbles into a crisis through inaction.  No one fully understands the implications of the FAA operating with no authorization, but it is a situation best left untested.

Speaker vote

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) has insisted that when the House returns next week, she will offer a motion to vacate the Office of Speaker.  This was the vehicle used to oust Kevin McCarthy from the Speakership. However, this time it appears to be far short of the votes needed to pass.

When the motion to vacate was offered against McCarthy, Democrats took the traditional position of partisan voting in Speaker races and didn’t su...

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