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GOP chairman: Trump infrastructure package could be rolled into aviation bill

GOP chairman: Trump infrastructure package could be rolled into aviation bill

The Hill
BY MELANIE ZANONA 
03/21/17 09:39 AM EDT  

A House GOP committee chairman said that President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan — which is competing with a host of other GOP priorities this year — could be rolled into a must-pass aviation bill later this fall.

Lawmakers are preparing to assemble legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), whose legal authority expires at the end of September.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that the FAA measure could be a legislative vehicle that attracts other interests, especially because the bill includes a revenue component.  

Shuster predicted that Trump’s promised rebuilding package to fix U.S. roads, bridges and airports could even be folded into the measure. Trump has also called for spinning off air traffic control from the federal government, which could land in the FAA reauthorization bill.

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