JUST IN: Trump hits roadblock on privatizing air traffic control system

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A Senate panel has declined to include President Trump’s new proposal to separate air traffic control from the federal government in a must-pass aviation bill, according to committee’s chairman Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.).

Thune leads the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee,  and said the Senate’s long-term reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not include the spinoff plan. He pinpoints the lack of support for the idea on his panel.

“No, we don’t have the votes to pass that in our committee at the moment,” Thune told reporters on Tuesday. “We’ll see what the House is able to do and we’ll proceed accordingly. But if that issue were to get addressed, it would probably have to be on the floor in conference.”

Instead, Thune said the House will have to take the lead on efforts to transfer the country’s air navigation system to a private corporation.

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