WASHINGTON -- The House yesterday quickly passed a stopgap measure designed to temporarily resume airport construction grants and provide $800 million for airport projects between now and June 30.

The bill, passed on a voice vote, is controversial because it contains a provision that would allow the secretary of transportation to freeze airport fees -- a move that could put some airport bond ratings in jeopardy and frighten investors. The provision was also included in a similar version of the measure that was passed by the Senate two weeks ago.

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