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GOP Congressman Bill Shuster Admits Relationship With Airline Lobbyist

FILE - This May 16, 2013 file photo shows House Transportation and Infrastructure Full Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster,
FILE - This May 16, 2013 file photo shows House Transportation and Infrastructure Full Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. on Capitol Hill in Washington. With a congressional map tilted against them, Pennsylvania Democrats are heading into the primary election hoping to flip one or two U.S. House seats in their favor. If they do, it may be a result of the unpopularity of GOP Gov. Tom Corbett. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster is dating a top lobbyist for the leading U.S. airline trade association, an organization that spends millions of dollars trying to influence his panel.

The Pennsylvania Republican is currently at the center of high-stakes negotiations to enact the most sweeping overhaul of the Federal Aviation Administration in decades. The package could include changes to the nation’s air travel system, including the privatization of the air traffic control system. Airlines for America’s members — all of the nation’s largest airlines — have a major interest in the legislation.

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