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FAA reauthorisation bill passes Senate after deal

16-Sep-2011 12:04 PM

US Senator Tom Coburn dropped his objection to some sections of the combined aviation and surface transportation bills, which recently passed the US House of Representatives (AP/CBS News, 15-Sep-2011). The move allowed the Senate to approve the reauthorisation of US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before its congressional funding authority expired at midnight on 16-Sep-2011, avoiding a repeat of the partial shutdown in Aug-2011. The bill extends the FAA’s funding authority through to Feb-2012.