WASHINGTON (AP) - A House committee has approved a Republican bill that would take away responsibility for the operation of the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests.

WASHINGTON (AP) A House committee has approved a Republican bill that would take away responsibility for the operation of the nation's air traffic control system from the government and turn it over to a private, nonprofit corporation run by airlines and other aviation interests.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line vote of 32-26.

The panel's chairman, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, says "transformational" change is needed because the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic modernization program is taking longer and costing more than anticipated. That's partly because Congress has subjected the agency to repeated shutdowns, furloughs and short-term funding extensions.

Critics call the move to privatize the air traffic control system a giveaway to the airline industry, which has provided the political muscle behind the bill.