Temporary Deal Has FAA Back Up and Running
Posted on Aug 5, 2011
The Senate voted Friday to temporarily fund the Federal Aviation Administration, putting 74,000 transportation and construction workers back on the job until September when lawmakers will return to resolve the issue.
The FAA shutdown had made $11 billion worth of airport construction projects grind to a halt over the last two weeks, and the government lost out on more than $400 million in tax revenue.
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President Obama praised U.S. lawmakers for the deal. In a statement Thursday, he said Americans cannot afford to let Washington politics hurt the country’s economic recovery.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has called the measure a “tremendous victory” for American workers everywhere.
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