Peter DeFazio

Panel makes progress on bill privatizing air traffic control

A House panel moved closer Tuesday to approving legislation that would split off management of the nation's skies from the Federal Aviation Administration and give that responsibility to an independent, nonprofit company.

The Republican-led committee worked into the evening on legislation designed to remove air traffic control from the vagaries of the government budget process. Proponents say Washington dysfunction hampers the FAA's efforts to update equipment designed to make flying quicker and safer. The legislation would establish a company with a 13-member board of directors to provide air traffic services.

About 35,000 workers, including 14,000 controllers and 6,000...

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