The US Senate has passed legislation to reauthorize FAA through Sept. 30, 2017, by a 95-3 vote. The bill, backed by Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee chairman John Thune (R-South Dakota) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida), the committee’s ranking Democrat, gained wide bipartisan support by staying away from issues that were controversial among lawmakers, such as separating air traffic control (ATC) from FAA, and focusing on areas of consensus, such as airline ...

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