The FAA won't get a new funding bill before its current authorization expires on Sept. 30, with health care reform expected to tie up the Senate Commerce Committee for another six to eight weeks. The delay led AAAE President Charles Barclay to write to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Tuesday, urging him to speed the process along. Short-term extensions for the FAA lead to "uncertain funding levels" that are "very disruptive to airport executives as they try to plan their construction projects," Barclay said.

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