WASHINGTON -- Pending legislation to reauthorize the airport construction grant program will probably keep a controversial provision that some contend may jeapordize airport bond ratings, the chairman of the House aviation subcommittee said Monday.

The provision would divert any disputed airport fee increase into an escrow fund for a maximum of 120 days or until resolution of the dispute. Several rating agencies have found fault with the escrow aspect of the provision, saying it could lead to technical defaults of airport bonds.

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