Washington - House and Senate negotiators reached agreement yesterday on stop-gap legislation that would allow $800 million in airport construction funds to be handed out to states and localities between now and June 30.

The bill, which now goes back to both houses for final approval, includes a controversial provision that would allow the secretary of transportation to freeze airport fees. The provision was in both the House and Senate versions of the bill, and so was not a point of contention during the negotiations to pull together a final package.

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