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Congress Readies Deal for FAA Short-Term Extension

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Eager to repeat the partisan fight that resulted in a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration in July, House and Senate leaders appear nearly ready to pass another short-term extension bill for the agency.

The portion of the combined bill extending the FAA’s authority, the 22nd short-term extension since 2007, is different from the bill the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee planned to introduce Friday.

The combined bill extends the FAA through Jan. 31 with no provisions for back pay for the nearly 4,000 FAA workers furloughed during the July shutdown.

The combined bill does not include spending cuts, different from the bill introduced by Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), committee chairman.

The AP reports House and Senate leaders reached a deal Friday to avoid a shutdown of federal highway and aviation programs, clearing the way for the FAA extension.

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