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Senator Susan Collins measure helps FAA avoid furloughs

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Friday, April 26, 2013 - 8:20 am

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to end furloughs of air traffic controllers expected to result in delays for millions of travelers, thanks in part to the efforts of Maine Republican Susan Collins.

The bill introduced by Collins and three colleagues passed late Thursday without a roll call vote.

The measure now goes to the House.

Under the legislation, the Federal Aviation Administration would gain authority to transfer up to $253 million into other programs, to "prevent reduced operations and staffing" through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

Collins says the legislation would prevent "intolerable delays" in the air travel system.

The FAA has said it will shut small airport towers around the country in response to its share of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts.