The FAA Extension Act of 2008 passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday night, ensuring the agency continues to operate through March 31, 2009. The House passed its own bill earlier in the day as lawmakers rushed to authorize the agency before adjourning on Friday. Although FAA Acting Administrator Robert Sturgell had lobbied for a 12-month extension, members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are holding out for policy changes that could be implemented early in the next administration. Still unresolved: Language backed by the Air Transport Association that would prohibit the FAA from conducting slot auctions. That provision could be included in the continuing resolutions being debated by appropriations committees in both chambers.

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