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  • Finally, we have an FAA bill!
    Posted by Adrian Schofield 11:17 PM on Mar 22, 2010

    The Senate this evening passed its version of the FAA reauthorization bill, and attention now shifts to compromise negotiations with House lawmakers.

     

    Senators voted 93-0 in favor of passing the FAA bill. While this was an important milestone, the House conference process could be lengthy and contentious. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), ranking member on the Commerce Committee, noted that the “differences are pretty big” between the House and Senate bills. “We’ve still got a long way to go, but I think we can do it.”

     

    I also think they will get there, but it could take several weeks. There are too many things in the House bill that Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-Minn.) won’t budge on, and will be unpalatable to Senate aviation leaders.

    Tags: tw99, FAA, reauthorization, Senate

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