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National Office Week in Review: Jan. 6, 2016

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Mar ch, which is much earlier than normal. In recent years, Congress has received a bad reputation for its inability to pass spending bills on time, forcing the government to operate on continuing resolutions (CRs) year after year. The task could be easier thi s year because of the two - year bipartisan budget agreement passed in October that already established spending levels for FY 2017. LONG - TERM FAA REAUTHORIZATION : FAA authority is temporarily extended through March 31, 2016 (via H.R. 3614, the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2015). Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio on the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee have stated that they only want one extension for the FAA this time around, which is the extension that we are now ope rating under through March. In the Senate, Commerce Chairman John Thune expects that the House will move first, and then the Senate will act on its own version. NATCA President Paul Rinaldi and EVP Trish Gilbert, along with GA staff, continue to work close ly with House and Senate committee staff to discuss NATCA's priorities for the FAA reauthorization bill. With the highway bill completed in December, the House T&I Committee's focus will be solely on the FAA bill this year. Chairman Shuster's staff is hopi ng to release a draft of the FAA Reauthorization bill either in late January or early February. COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT THE NEW NATCA.ORG WEBSITE We are very excited to begin 2016 with our newly redesigned flagship NATCA website! Before the holidays, we made the final technical moves necessary to turn on the new site and the transition went smoothly. Thus, if you go to you will see the new site and we invite you to browse. Some important information and highlights: : The URL of the new site. But you can also use, or, to access the site. Members only section : Go to and click the "MEMBER LOGIN" menu tab on the top right side of the home page. Here's the direct URL for that page you can bookmark in your browsers: - login HOW TO LOG IN : Use your NATCA Portal username and password. Do not use the username and password you used to access the old members website. That no longer works. Once you log in to the new members section using your NATCA Portal credentials, you can choose "Remember me" and your browser will save it for ensuing visits. HOW TO GET TO THE PORTAL TO OBTAIN YOUR LOGIN CREDENTIALS : Click or go he re: NEVER LOGGED IN AT THE PORTAL BEFORE? WE CAN HELP : You can quickly and easily register for the NATCA Portal and create the credentials you'll need to access the new members section o f Use this URL or click: ATTENTION FACREPS : We've developed a FacRep Corner with your needs in mind. Check it out by clicking here . COMPLETE DIRECTORY OF NATCA REPRESENTATIVES : Find anyone in a NATCA representative position using the dynamic and searchable new database, which connects directly through NATCA's Unionware membership director y to ensure it's always up to date and current. Click here .

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