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Inland Northwest airports may have major construction projects knocked off track by a congressional fight over the Federal Aviation Administration.
A $3.3 million grant to finish the major runway reconstruction at Spokane International Airport and a nearly $1 million grant for a building at Coeur d’Alene airport are in the bill that is stalled because of disagreements between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.
The grants aren’t part of the dispute, which primarily involves subsidies to rural airports and collective bargaining rights. But until the bill passes, the money can’t be released and many FAA workers other than air traffic controllers are on furlough…
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The fight between House Republicans and Senate Democrats over Federal Aviation Administration is being felt at Inland Northwest airports.
Spokane International Airport is worried about a $3.3 million grant to finish its runway enhancement, and getting the new instrumentation calibrated by the FAA, because the folks that do the calibrating are on furlough.
Coeur d'Alene Airport is worried about a nearly $1 million grant to build a structure for its Air Rescue and Firefighting vehicle.
The grants and funding for FAA employees are on hold because the bill is stalled, and Congress isn't due back until Sept. 7.
We'll have more on this story in Thursday's print and online editions.
Two fighter jets from the U.S. Marines’ famed Black Sheep squadron landed (Friday) at the Coeur d’Alene Airport/Pappy Boyington Field, coming at long last to recognize the airport’s renaming in honor of their most famous member. Alison Boggs' story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
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