Government Executive
Erich Wagner 

A House panel on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to advance to the floor for consideration legislation that would protect the Federal Aviation Administration and its employees from the impacts of a government shutdown.

The Aviation Funding Stability Act (H.R. 4042), sponsored by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, and 42 other lawmakers, would allow the FAA to continue operating at full capacity for the first 30 days of a lapse in appropriations by withdrawing money from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, rather than from general appropriations.

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