Bill Nelson

Senate committee backs aviation bill minus key Trump goal

A Republican-led Senate committee on Thursday backed an aviation bill that omits one of President Donald Trump's goals — turning air traffic control operations over to a private company.

The legislation would increase spending for airport improvements and would protect passengers from being forcibly removed from a plane once they are approved to board.

The plan to reauthorize federal aviation programs through Sept. 30, 2021, has support from Republicans and Democrats, and passed the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by voice vote.

Still, a major fight is brewing over a provision that would expand the type of training that pilots could receive to...