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Renews push for long-term authorization

(Washington, D.C.) – United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today applauded Senate passage of a short-term extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which will avoid a repeat of last year’s partial shutdown. The House passed similar short-term legislation earlier this week, and the extension now heads to the President for his signature.

Shaheen reiterated her call for Congress to agree on a long-term extension of the critical agency. The short-term extension passed today expires February 17.

“I am pleased that Congress could come together today on an agreement that will avoid a potentially disastrous repeat of last year’s FAA shutdown. But while this latest extension is an important step, another one now looms just one month away,” Shaheen said. “This repeated threat of disaster is unnecessary and unhelpful. Without the security of long-term funding, the FAA is unable to move forward with critical infrastructure projects or provide certainty for its workers. I urge Congress to sign a long-term reauthorization of the FAA and make this the final short-term extension. That way, we can help get New Hampshire and the rest of the country back to work.”