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Aviation bill to be a priority for House Republican

from The Wall Street Journal

The Florida Republican in line to take over the House Transportation Committee said his first priority next year will be to pass a long-delayed bill to finance an overhaul of the nation's aging air-traffic navigation system. Rep. John Mica, said in an interview that to get the aviation bill passed, he will remove union-backed measures pushed by outgoing Chairman James Oberstar, who lost his bid for re-election. Both the airline industry and the Obama administration want action on the measure to pay for upgrading the air traffic control network to a satellite-based air navigation system, which advocates say should reduce congestion in the air. The House and Senate have each passed a version of the bill, but efforts to merge them stalled this year amid debates over several controversial provisions. Among them was a measure pushed by Mr. Oberstar that would make it easier for FedEx Corp. employees to unionize. more


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