Washington Insider Update Videos


Washington Insider Update Videos deliver timely information and updates to airport executives who need to be in the know on industry-related developments on Capitol Hill and around Washington.  WIU Videos are filmed live from the AAAE studio and are sent on Mondays (when Congress is in session) with an outlook for the coming week, in addition to additional videos whenever events warrant. 

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Click on the date below to view each video.
  • December 12, 2016
    With Congress adjourned for the remainder of the year, AAAE's Joel Bacon reviews the details of a FY 2017 government funding stopgap that lawmakers passed last week before leaving Washington and previews a busy 2017 agenda for the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration, including work on an FAA reauthorization bill and a possible $1 trillion infrastructure package.
  • December 5, 2016
    With just five days until the expiration of current government funding, AAAE's Joel Bacon previews congressional action on a temporary spending extension as lawmakers aim to wrap up legislative work for the year and discusses how airports are making their case to the transition team of President-elect Donald Trump.
  • November 28, 2016
    With Congress back in session following the Thanksgiving break, AAAE's Joel Bacon outlines a proposed extension of federal funding through March 2017 and discusses airport priorities for a potential infrastructure package supported by the incoming Trump Administration.
  • November 21, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon discusses expected congressional action on a bill extending government funding into March 2017 and outlines how airports are preparing for a potential infrastructure package supported by President-elect Trump that could come up early next year. Congress is out of session this week but lawmakers return to Washington next week.
  • November 14, 2016
    With Congress back in session after a historic election, AAAE's Joel Bacon reviews a proposed extension of FY 2017 appropriations levels and looks at some key election results and what it will mean for aviation policy and airport priorities in the 115th Congress. You can watch a full recap of the elections in our special Washington Insider Update show. 
  • November 9, 2016 - Election Results Show
    In this special Washington Insider Update, after a historic election, the AAAE Federal Affairs team, joined by AAAE President and CEO Todd Hauptli, walk through the results of key races in the Senate and House and what it could mean for the aviation agenda and airport priorities in 2017.
  • September 26, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon outlines the current status of congressional work toward a deal to fund the government beyond September 30, previews a rocky road ahead for appropriations after Election Day, and discusses the continued focus on security matters in Congress. The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is tonight at Hofstra University.
  • September 19, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon outlines the latest news as lawmakers appear close to a deal to fund the government beyond the September 30 end of the current fiscal year, offers a look at the appropriations situation after the November election in 50 days, and discusses today's release of the newest figures on airline bag fee collections.
  • September 12, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon provides an update on congressional plans to fund the federal government and return to the campaign trail in the coming weeks, highlights the possible impact of those discussions on TSA checkpoint staffing into the fall, and previews upcoming security-related hearings and AAAE's comments on FAA's Safety Management System (SMS) SNPRM.
  • July 11, 2016
    AAAE’s Joel Bacon gives a preview of the critical week ahead for FAA extension legislation, beginning with House consideration later today. Joel also discusses the bill, what’s in, what’s out, and what to expect from Congress as it looks forward to next year and another run at a comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill. You can get more details of the extension from last week’s AAAE Airport Alert, which can be viewed here.

    We look forward to seeing many of you beginning tomorrow for the AAAE/ACI-NA Airport Summer Fly-In, where we’ll hear from key members of Congress and top-level officials from FAA and TSA.
  • July 5, 2016
    With only 11 days left before the expiration of FAA programs and aviation excise taxes on July 15, Congress must act soon to extend the necessary authorities to keep the agency and its programs operational into the future. AAAE’s Joel Bacon provides the latest from Washington on the expected schedule for consideration of FAA extension legislation beginning this week and likely details of the measure, including significant aviation security provisions. We’ll have a full summary out as soon as the extension bill is introduced. 

    Also, if you haven’t already made plans to be in Washington next week for the AAAE/ACI-NA Summer Fly In, you can do so here. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear from and interact with key policy makers including seven key members of Congress, FAA ATO COO Teri Bristol and TSA COO Gary Rasicot. The full agenda is here. We hope to see you next week!
  • June 27, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon gives an update on the FAA extension that lawmakers are currently working to finalize, including efforts to tack aviation security provisions onto the legislation. The House is out of session this week but the Senate will meet.
     
    The AAAE/ACI-NA Summer Fly-In scheduled for July 12 and 13 comes at a critical time with the ongoing FAA debate. If you haven't already made plans to attend, please do so soon. Additional information is available here. Speakers confirmed to this point include TSA Chief of Operations Gary Rasicot, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), House Transportation Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), House DOT/FAA Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ranking Member David Price (D-NC), and Representatives John Mica (R-FL) and David Jolly (R-FL).
  • June 20, 2016
    AAAE’s Joel Bacon gives an update on FAA reauthorization, federal funding, and other key issues Congress will try and tackle before leaving town on July 15. Rumors on a possible FAA extension continue to swirl with reports today that House leaders may pursue a two-month patch into September while others continue to press for longer-term certainty. We’ll have further updates as these discussions become more concrete. 

    The AAAE/ACI-NA Summer Fly-In scheduled for July 12 and 13 comes at a critical time with the ongoing debate. If you haven’t already made plans to attend, please do so soon. Additional information is available here. Speakers confirmed to this point include Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), House DOT/FAA Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ranking Member David Price (D-NC), and Representatives John Mica (R-FL) and David Jolly (R-FL).
  • June 13, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon discusses the path ahead for FAA reauthorization and annual funding bills over the next month before Congress breaks for political conventions in mid-July. AAAE, ACI-NA, and US Travel sent lawmakers a letter last week asking for completion of a comprehensive FAA reauthorization bill that prioritizes airport infrastructure financing or, absent that, a long-term extension of FAA programs and taxes.
     
    With so many critical issues to be decided by July 15, we hope you will make plans to attend the AAAE/ACI-NA Summer Fly-In on July 12 and 13 to make the rounds on Capitol Hill and to hear from Washington leaders, including Senator Cory Gardner and Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart, John Mica, David Jolly, and David Price. The conference is at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and additional details are here.
  • June 6, 2016
    Both chambers of Congress are back in session this week for a busy work stretch leading up to the presidential party conventions the last two weeks of July. AAAE's Joel Bacon reviews all the aviation issues facing lawmakers in Washington, including closely monitoring screening checkpoint wait times at airports, the FY 2017 appropriations process and FAA reauthorization. TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger also testifies about checkpoint lines before a Senate committee this week.
  • May 23, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon walks through the schedule for what will be an incredibly busy week in Washington with continued efforts to understand and address growing checkpoint wait times and to consider FY 2017 funding bills for DHS/TSA/CBP and DOT/FAA. The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday will hear from TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger on checkpoint lines and from a group of airports the following day. The Committee could also consider legislation this week aimed at alleviating growing lines, although the schedule remains in flux and could slip.
  • May 9, 2016
    Congress returns this week from a one-week break to tackle annual funding bills and other priority items. AAAE’s Joel Bacon provides a preview of the week ahead and an update on efforts to provide funding for additional TSA staff at screening checkpoints and FAA reauthorization.
  • May 2, 2016
    With the House and Senate out of Washington this week, AAAE's Joel Bacon offers a look ahead to the eight-week stretch of legislative activity remaining after lawmakers return next week through mid-July. In addition to ongoing work on FAA reauthorization, Congress hopes to make progress on annual funding bills and aviation security. Tune in for a preview on what the next few months may mean for airport priorities.
  • April 25, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon looks ahead to the prospects for an 18-month FAA reauthorization bill in the House following Senate passage of the measure last week. This week, the House takes up a bill dealing with security at last point of departure international airports. Meanwhile, lawmakers continue to work to make progress on the DOT/FAA and DHS/TSA/CBP appropriations bills before Congress takes a seven-week break starting in mid-July for the presidential conventions and the traditional August recess.
  • April 18, 2016
    This is a key week in the Senate with expected passage of an 18-month FAA reauthorization bill. AAAE's Joel Bacon summarizes floor action on the bill over the past two weeks, discusses several important security amendments that were adopted, gives an update on the final push to pass the bill in the Senate and looks forward to the bill's prospects in the House.
     
    As the Senate moves toward a final vote on the FAA reauthorization bill this week, the upper chamber could vote on an amendment from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) that threatens to withhold AIP and other federal funds for airports unless they have an agreement with CBP to install biometric entry/exit systems at their facilities. If you have not already done so, please contact your Senators to urge that they oppose this misguided proposal. Our Action Alert has more information.
     
    Also this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee takes up a draft FY 2017 DOT/FAA spending bill and a House subcommittee holds a hearing on CBP staffing and infrastructure.
  • April 11, 2016
    All eyes will be focused on the Senate this week as lawmakers continue to debate an 18-month FAA reauthorization bill this week. AAAE’s Brad Van Dam reviews the progress that the Senate made last week and what we can expect as debate on the FAA bill unfolds in the upper chamber. He also looks ahead to upcoming deadlines, the short legislative season, and prospects for final passage.
  • April 4, 2016
    The Senate is back in session today after a two-week break. AAAE's Joel Bacon outlines the busy week ahead in the upper chamber, highlighted by possible floor debate on an 18-month FAA reauthorization bill that would open the door to a number of security-related proposals in the wake of the Brussels attack. 

    He also discusses the future outlook for the FAA reauthorization in Congress, an important hearing this week on security with TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger, the status of FY 2017 appropriations bills and President Obama's signing of a temporary FAA extension through July 15. The House is back in session next week.
  • March 14, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon gives an overview of what to expect from a key week on the FAA reauthorization front with Senate committee consideration Wednesday of its 18-month bill that was introduced last week (see Alert for details) and with the expected passage of another temporary extension of programs to July 15. We look forward to seeing many of you this week for the AAAE/ACI-NA Washington Legislative Conference, which includes a great lineup of speakers from Capitol Hill. The latest conference agenda can be viewed here.
  • March 7, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon gives the latest on FAA reauthorization legislation in the Senate and ongoing efforts to ensure that the measure - which is expected to be introduced this week - includes a long-overdue adjustment in the federal PFC cap. He also provides an update on a necessary FAA extension and Capitol Hill happenings for the week.    
     
    If you haven't already done so, please take some time today to weigh in with your Senators, particularly those who serve on the Senate Commerce Committee, to press for inclusion of a PFC increase in the Senate FAA reauthorization bill. You can get talking points and contact information for Senate offices from our previous Alert here.    
     
    Time is running short, and the airlines and their allies are working aggressively to defeat any attempt to address the PFC in the Senate. AAAE, ACI-NA, and U.S. Travel on Friday sent a response to Americans for Tax reform that you should feel free to refer to as well. That document is here.
  • March 4, 2016
    In this special edition of the Washington Insider Update, AAAE's Joel Bacon gives the latest state of play in the Senate with the PFC and highlights the imperative that individual airports weigh in with their Senators - particularly those on the Senate Commerce Committee - as quickly as possible. Watch to see how you can help over the next few days to advance the ball on the PFC and other key issues. You can get a list of Senate Commerce Committee members here and contact information for all Senators here.
  • February 29, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon outlines the latest twists and turns on FAA reauthorization, including the prospects for a temporary extension, troubles in the House for "transformational" reform, and the schedule for consideration of a potential bipartisan bill in the Senate. He also highlights the week's busy schedule for budget hearings featuring TSA Administrator Neffenger, CBP Commissioner Kerlikowske, and FAA Administrator Huerta.

    With the FAA reauthorization bill pending, please reach out to your Congressional delegation to discuss airport funding issues and other airport priorities. Those conversations are especially important if one of your Senators sits on the Senate Commerce Committee.
  • February 22, 2016
    Congress returns to session this week with a busy agenda awaiting lawmakers. AAAE's Joel Bacon provides an update on the status of the FAA reauthorization bill and discusses the uncertain future of the controversial House version of the legislation. The FY 2017 appropriations process continues with hearings on Capitol Hill. 

    With the FAA reauthorization bill pending, please reach out to your Congressional delegation in the House and Senate to discuss airport funding issues and other airport priorities.
  • February 8, 2016
    It's a crucial week in Washington with consideration of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster's "transformational" FAA reauthorization bill and the release of President Obama's final budget request. AAAE's Joel Bacon discusses airport priorities in the FAA reauthorization bill, Chairman Shuster's proposal to create an independent organization to oversee air traffic control, how lawmakers and industry groups have reacted and the next steps in Congress for the bill. You can read our summary of the proposed bill here.

    With all of the important legislative action occurring this week, please weigh in with your elected officials - particularly those of you with members on the House Transportation Committee and Senate Commerce Committee - to highlight your airport's FAA reauthorization priorities.
  • February 1, 2016
    It's a critical week in Washington with the expected unveiling Thursday of House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster's "transformational" FAA reauthorization bill. AAAE's Joel Bacon outlines the anticipated schedule for consideration of the measure and offers a preview of some of the key issues that are likely to dominate the debate, including the proposed establishment of an independent corporation to oversee air traffic control, airport funding priorities, protection of the Contract Tower Program, and proposals to tackle the pilot shortage. 

    If you haven't already done so, please weigh in with your elected officials - particularly those of you with members on the House Transportation Committee and Senate Commerce Committee - to highlight your airport's FAA reauthorization priorities. We'll have more information out to you throughout what promises to be a busy week.
  • January 19, 2016
    AAAE's Joel Bacon discusses the latest from Washington on FAA reauthorization, annual appropriations bills, and aviation security. With rumored action on reauthorization a few short weeks away, we hope that you will take an opportunity to touch base with your congressional delegation to urge action on airport priorities, including modernizing the PFC and protecting AIP.

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