Budget would triple funding for air traffic control upgrade

The White House budget proposal seeks to triple funding to modernize the nation's aging air traffic control system. The request includes $688 million for the satellite-based technology investments needed to upgrade the air traffic control system, up from $212 million in the last fiscal year. The budget proposal also contains a security fee hike, which would generate revenue for DHS to purchase baggage screening systems. In addition, the FAA responded to criticism of proposed budget cuts to the Airport Improvement Program, saying that the proposed funding will still allow the program to meet all safety and capacity needs and accommodate outstanding projects.

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