NPR looks into the impasse over NextGen funding, noting that lawmakers writing new bills still face the same tensions that doomed earlier efforts. Though powerful Democrats like North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan oppose a system of fees designed to shift some of the cost to general aviation, $7 billion of fee income is assumed in the budget submitted by the Obama administration. "That is of great concern to us," says AOPA President Craig Fuller. "It kind of re-engages a debate that, frankly, has slowed down the progress to getting modernization of the air traffic control system."

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