US Senate Democrats Predict Quick Passage Of Aviation Bill

First Published Monday, 31st January 2011 07:45 pm - © 2011 Dow Jones


By Josh Mitchell

Of Dow Jones NEWSWIRES

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. Senate Democratic leaders predicted Monday that the chamber would pass a wide-ranging aviation bill this week.

The bill would fund the Federal Aviation Administration, set the framework for long-delayed plans to install a satellite-based air-traffic control system, and finance airport construction. Democrats said the bill would create jobs, improve air-travel efficiency and reduce flight delays.

The bill mirrors legislation that cleared the Senate unanimously last year. But that bill became ensnared in negotiations with the House over union-backed proposals that Republicans and the airline industry opposed.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said Monday the bill would create or save 280,000 jobs and would spur economic activity.

House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R., Fla.) is drafting a companion bill and plans to hold a hearing on the legislation in early February.

-By Josh Mitchell, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-862-6637; joshua.mitchell@dowjones.com

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