Congress OKs airline aid worth more than $3 billion


Aug 20, 2002
WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - Despite White House objections, the U.S. Congress on Thursday night approved more than $3 billion in aid for airlines still reeling after the Sept. 11 attacks and facing more losses due to war in Iraq.

A $3.2 billion plan in the House of Representatives and a $3.5 billion proposal in the Senate cleared the respective chambers easily as components of separate legislation for Iraq war spending.

The Bush administration called the price tag of each plan excessive, and was expected to push its views on negotiators from each house who will now decide the scope of assistance.