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House Approves FAA, Highway Authorization Extension Bill

September 13, 2011

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. House passed an extension of aviation, highway and transit programs in a move to avert another partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and the suspension of construction projects around the country.

The legislation, passed today by voice vote, extends FAA operations through January 31 and highway and transit programs through March 31.

The extension of FAA programs, if passed by the Senate this week, would be the 22nd since the last multiyear reauthorization bill expired at the end of the 2007 fiscal year. The extension would apply to the funding authority of FAA, highway and transit programs, ticket taxes and fuel taxes.

“I can guarantee it will be the last extension, because we must and we will pass a four-year authorization,” John Mica, the Florida Republican who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said today.

The most recent extension, which expires Sept. 16, was signed Aug. 5 after a two-week partial shutdown of the FAA triggered by disagreements between the House and Senate.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bennett Roth in Washington at broth14@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net


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