Long-term FAA bill overcomes first hurdle
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A long-term reauthorization of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs overcame an initial procedural hurdle Wednesday.

The Senate's reauthorization bill will green-light FAA programs through September 2017, after Congress sent a short-term bill to President Obama's desk last month.
Wednesday's vote comes after leadership in both parties said they were hopeful they would be able to move quickly on the legislation. 
"The last 12 hours or so, the Republican leader and I have had some very productive discussions on the FAA bill and the associated tax title," Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid: Early voting states Iowa, New Hampshire 'not representative of the country anymore' The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Bottom Line MORE (D-Nev.) said ahead of the vote. "Those discussions have been productive." 
Lawmakers reached an agreement on including a package of renewable energy tax breaks in the aviation bill, allowing the legislation to avoid a policy fight that threatened to undercut the bill. 
Democrats want to tie tougher airport security measures to the legislation, citing concerns after the terror attacks in Brussels. 
“Dogs, active shooters, perimeter — we want to strengthen all three,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Tuesday. “The FAA bill is a perfect opportunity for both sides to work together to toughen up security.”