(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives has passed a bill that will continue temporary funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and federal highway, transit and highway safety programs. The bill was passed Tuesday, September 13th, by voice vote.
This bill authorizes FAA programs through January 31st, 2012, at the current funding levels. It comes right on time, considering the current extension for FAA programs was set to expire at the end of this week.
The bill also authorizes federal highway, transit and highway safety programs through March 31st, 2012, at current funding levels, while the current extension was set to expire at the end of September 2011.
Earlier in the summer, the FAA was shut down for two weeks after Congress disagreed over extending its funding. This standoff left 4,000 workers furloughed while the FAA was unable to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.
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