For the second time, the House of Representatives has passed its version of a bill reauthorizing the FAA. The legislation details have been debated for several months, and the version passed yesterday includes several amendments and provisions that sparked debate on the House floor. These include: a provision that would make it easier for FedEx employees to unionize by shifting jurisdiction of unionization rules to the National Labor Relations act; authorization of a congressional study of pilot training; and increased inspection of aircraft repair stations abroad. The legislation still must pass the Senate, which allowed a similar bill to die in 2007.
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