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Earlier than expected, the U.S. Senate closed up shop Dec. 16 after clearing a package of expired tax provisions to provide Americans with tax breaks they can claim on their 2014 returns.

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The U.S. Senate could well be in session until Dec. 20 to finish all of its work. Indications suggest a vote on Wednesday or Thursday (Dec. 17 or 18) on the tax extenders legislation.

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Republicans in the U.S. have announced that Senators Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will join the Senate Finance Committee next year.

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Over the weekend, lawmakers in the U.S. Senate approved a $1.1 trillion deal to fund the government, sending the legislation to President Obama for his signature and averting a government shutdown. Of interest to the rotorcraft industry, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding saw only a small dip.

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The U.S. House of Representatives will vote to pass a short-term funding bill to give the Senate extra time to pass a yearlong spending package and avert a government shutdown at midnight December 11 when current funding runs out.

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U.S. Government Accountability Office officials told Congress on Dec. 10 that the FAA might not be able to finalize a rule on small commercial-drone use until 2017, or even later, and will fail to meet a September 2015 deadline for issuing a final rule.

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As the clock winds down, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to finish legislative business as time runs out. A U.S. government funding bill must pass before Dec. 11 to avoid a government shutdown.

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The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing focused on integration of drones into the National Air Space on Wednesday, December 10.

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Lawmakers in the United States are getting close to striking a deal to renew the U.S. government's terrorism risk insurance program. The original program passed after 9/11 will expire on December 31 if there is no extension.

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When Republicans take the majority in the U.S. Senate in January, they have a full menu of Obamacare repeal options at the ready.

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