Lawmakers still hope to pass FAA reauthorization in 2010

Lawmakers will have about one month to pass a long-term FAA reauthorization bill after returning to Washington from their August recess. Prior to leaving town, both chambers extended the agency's authority through the end of September, while separately passing new pilot-safety rules for regional airlines. Some observers fear Congress will now feel less pressure to pass a wide-ranging bill, but congressional leaders insist they can get it done. "We see no reason why Congress cannot return in September and work through these remaining issues in a larger FAA bill," said Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn.

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