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U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released the following statement on the Senate’s bipartisan passage of his FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 by a vote of 89-4.

The bill, which will provide important, time-sensitive safety and security improvements to the U.S. aviation system, awaits the president’s signature before the Federal Aviation Administration’s reauthorization deadline on Friday.

“Today, Congress passed the most significant airport security reform bill in a decade,” said Thune. “Reforms in our bill will help protect air travelers in South Dakota and around the country, and it will help ensure that attacks like those in Brussels and Istanbul do not happen in American airports. I’m proud of the Commerce Committee’s work in leading this effort, and I look forward to seeing the president sign this bill into law before the end of the week.”

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