House passes funding extensions for FAA, highway programs

The House on Tuesday approved legislation that would fund the Federal Aviation Administration until Jan. 31, 2012, and extend taxes that fund surface transportation programs until March 31, 2012. The bill now moves to the Senate for approval to avert shutdowns of both programs. "I can guarantee it will be the last extension, because we must and we will pass a four-year authorization," said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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