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U.S. Senate committee rejects privatizing air traffic controllers

Staff Writer | July 26, 2017
A Senate subcommittee rejected the Trump administration's goal of privatizing U.S. air traffic controllers, by approving a budget for the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Air traffic   By a voice vote
By a voice vote, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee passed a $60 billion spending bill for the Department of Transportation, Department of Housing and Urban Development and related agencies - including nearly $17 billion for FAA.

Earlier this month, their House counterparts also rejected a funding proposal to move controllers to a nonprofit corporation.

The Senate and House must resolve their differences to finalize spending before FAA legislation expires Sept. 30.

The full Senate Appropriations Committee will consider the measure Thursday.

The bill approved Tuesday specifically rejects the proposed privatization of controllers, but also provides "greater flexibilities for airports to make much-needed capacity improvements."

The Senate budget for the FAA is $563 million above the 2017 spending level.

This will provide full funding for all air traffic control personnel, including more than 14,000 air traffic controllers and more than 25,000 other personnel.