Senate reaches deal on vote to avoid FAA shutdown

September 15, 2011 - 5:40 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has reached a deal to permit a vote on a bill necessary to prevent another shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as federal transportation programs.

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid announced the agreement on the Senate floor Thursday evening. The announcement came less than two hours after an exchange between Reid and Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, with both senators indicating no compromise was at hand.

Coburn had been blocking action on a bill to temporarily extend aviation and highway programs. FAA's operating authority is due to expire at midnight on Friday.