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Heller outlines more priorities for aviation bill

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller has outlined additional priorities in a Senate aviation bill, his office announced last week.

The new priorities would put more money toward U.S. Customs and Border Protection, require the Federal Aviation Administration to try to provide veterans with new career opportunities in the Unmanned Aircraft System technology field and allow interagency communication between the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security to combat terrorism.

“From international tourism, to homeland security, to creating job opportunities for veterans, these amendments to the FAA bill ensure a variety of Nevada’s needs are addressed,” Heller said of the new priorities.

The April 6 press release from Heller’s office came about one month after the senator outlined priorities that would attract new airline routes to small Nevada airports, drive drone research and acquire federal dollars for airports to build facilities with several modes of transportation.

“As the debate on the FAA reauthorization bill continues to unfold, I’m hopeful we can build on the momentum of the previous successes already secured,” Heller wrote.

Contact Kimber Laux at klaux@bouldercityreview.com or 702-586-9401. Find her on Twitter: @lauxkimber

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