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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill is currently stalled in the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate may be considering passing a one-year extension to authorize funding of federal aviation programs at current levels. The House passed its version of the bill in May 2009, and another extension will further delay enactment of the important provisions the FAA bill includes.

For example, the bill includes important provisions implementing a safety assessment for foreign aircraft repair stations, drug and alcohol testing for employees, and twice-a-year inspections of the repair stations.


Moreover, passage of the FAA Reauthorization bill will mean more jobs, as new funding will be available for things like airport construction projects and the NextGen air traffic control system. Job-creating legislation is what our economy needs in order to recover.


We cannot accept any more delays of this important piece of legislation. You can help by e-mailing your Senator, who serves on the Senate Finance Committee. Please ask your Senator to weigh in with Chairman Max Baucus and urge that the Committee consider the FAA Reauthorization bill soon.



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