FAA Re-authorization Bill Moves to President for Approval

The last time congress passed a comprehensive FAA bill was in 2003. Since then it has been operating on 23 short term extensions.

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by Megan Mazurek

  The U.S. Senate passes a reauthorization bill for the FAA.

     Senator Mark Begich spoke out in support of the bill, saying it was a long time coming.
     The last time congress passed a comprehensive FAA bill was in 2003.
     Since then it has been operating on 23 short term extensions.
     It includes funding for runway and air traffic improvements and protection for rural communities dependent on air travel.
     It also provides funding for a more modern air traffic control system and a more accurate satellite tracking system.
     Senator Begich said this legislation is particularly important for Alaskans.
     The senate passed the bill with a vote of 75 to 20, it will now be sent to President Obama for approval.

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