WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans managed to derail a long-debated Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill yesterday when Democratic leaders failed to obtain the 60 votes necessary to move the bill to a vote, putting billions of dollars for airports and highway funding in jeopardy.

By a vote of 49 to 42, mostly along party lines, the Senate failed to pass a cloture vote, which would have limited debate on the bill so that it could be brought to the floor for a vote.

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