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Senate Passes Two-Year Bill, New Stopgap Likely

Publication Date: 3/24/2010
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Despite progress in Congress on a multiyear aviation measure, it looks like another extension—the 12th since 2007—is on its way for Federal Aviation Administration programs, including airport construction grants. The Senate on March 22 approved a two-year, $35-billion FAA authorization by a 93-0 vote. Todd Hauptli, American Association of Airport Executives’ senior executive vice president, says, “Passage of the Senate bill is an important step in the legislative process [and] overdue.” The aviation bill next must be reconciled with a three-year, $53.5-billion measure the House passed last May.

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