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House Passes Short-Term Bill For FAA, Highway Programs

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The House approved a short-term bill Tuesday, extending the Federal Aviation Administration’s operating authority through January and federal highway and transit programs through March.

The AP reports the Senate is expected to vote on the measure later this week.

House and Senate leaders agreed last week on the 22nd short-term extension of the FAA since 2007, not including controversial language making it tougher for transportation workers to unionize and cutting subsidies to rural airports.

The FAA partially shut down in July after Congress could not agree on a short-term extension.

“I can guarantee (this) will be the last extension,” Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said, according to the AP. “This action today represents a last chance to roll up our sleeves and get transportation projects in America moving again.”

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