WASHINGTON Breaking News: U.S. Aviation Chief Defends NextGen Progress as Funding Cuts Loom

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Michael Huerta, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, defended the "NextGen" program to modernize flight control systems, telling a government subcommittee the effort has made progress despite delays and is "designed to be flexible." The Senate has easily confirmed Fred Hochberg for a second term heading the Export-Import Bank as a bipartisan pact seems to be holding over seven of President Barack Obama's stalled nominations. Members of Congress said U.S. spy agencies went too far when they built a massive database of all daily telephone call records and may have jeopardized political support for the very law they relied on to create it. Lawmakers said at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee that they doubted the legal provision had the votes to win renewal before it is set to expire in June 2015.

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