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FAA funding bill gets Senate approval

FAA funding bill gets Senate approval
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas., listens as reporters ask questions about the delayed launch of Space Shuttle Discovery at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 13, 2005. (UPI File Photo/Marino-Cantrell). | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate, after 23 temporary extensions, has given final approval to a four-year funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The measure, passed on a 75-20 vote Monday, provides $16 billion a year for the agency, CNN reported.

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The House approved the bill on Friday.

It includes a new satellite-based system for air traffic control as well as other aviation programs.

"This has been a long process," said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas, the top Republican on the Senate committee that handled the measure.

Negotiations for the measure stalled over labor issues.

"Now our airports are going to be able to start their building projects. They're going to be able to increase runway space or repair whatever their priorities are that are decided by the FAA," Hutchinson said.

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