By a 92-6 vote, the US Senate late Thursday passed the surface/air funding extension that will keep FAA fully operational through the end of January. The bill, cleared earlier in the week by the House of Representatives (ATW Daily News, Sept. 15), went to President Barack Obama for signature into law, averting a partial FAA shutdown that would have started at 12 a.m. Saturday absent legislation. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) had blocked the chamber from voting on the bill over concerns ...

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