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Senate passes temporary FAA funding to avoid a shutdown

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Senate votes 92-6 for the measure
  • It provides funding for the Federal Aviation Administration through January
  • The House passed the measure earlier this week

Washington (CNN) -- The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to fund the Federal Aviation Administration through January, preventing a second shutdown of the agency that regulates air transportation.

By a 92-6 vote, the Democratic-controlled Senate approve the measure previously passed by the House, sending it to President Barack Obama's desk.

The vote followed negotiations with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who threatened to block the vote over what he called unnecessary projects in an accompanying highway measure. Coburn relented when promised the provision he opposed would be removed when a long-term funding measure is considered.

A previous impasse over FAA funding caused the agency to partially close in July. Congress then passed a temporary measure to extend funding until now.