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Subsidies slashed to small airports

The Senate has agreed to impose new restrictions on small, often remote airports receiving federally subsidized airline service.

The Senate voted Thursday in favor of a proposal by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, to restrict the subsidies to airports that are 90 miles or more from another airport. Another proposal by Mr. Coburn to cancel air service subsidies for airports that average fewer than 10 passengers a day was agreed to without opposition.

The $200 million Essential Service Program has been singled out by conservative organizations as a test of lawmakers’ determination to shrink the government. The amendments were made part of a broader aviation bill.