House passes short-term FAA and highway funding extensions

The compromise legislation strips controversial policy provisions regarding unionization and the Essential Air Service program, which provides federal subsidies to rural airports and had been on the Republicans’ chopping block this session. Both plans spurred opposition from Democrats, and the parties’ inability to compromise led to a week-long partial shutdown of the FAA in July and August.

Many Republicans had hoped for spending cuts in a final version of this bill, rather than simply extending the funding the agencies received during the 2011 fiscal year.

Cravaack said even though the overall cost is the same, where the money is going is different: mass transit, for example, will see less funding, while EAS and other programs actually get small boosts in funding over 2011 levels.

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  1. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/13/2011 - 04:06 pm.

    How did the rest of Minnesota’s congressional delegation vote?

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