Travel Weekly - Robert Silk

The House has passed a bill that would extend the funding and authority of the Federal Aviation Administration through March 8. 

The short-term extension passed 376-15 with broad bipartisan support. The Senate must now pass a companion bill to ensure that FAA funding doesn't expire at year's end. 

Congress had been scheduled to complete a five-year FAA reauthorization bill by Sept. 30, but instead passed an eleventh-hour short-term funding extension that runs through the end of the year. 

The holdup has been from the Senate. The House, in bipartisan fashion, passed its version of a five-year FAA reauthorization in July. However, a companion Senate bill was held up for months in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation due to a dispute over pilot training. 

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