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Senate deal would end FAA furloughs and air traffic delays

www.huffingtonpost.com Published: April 26, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- In a quick and unanticipated session on Thursday night, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution that would allow the Federal Aviation Administration budget flexibility to stop furloughing air traffic controllers, reports The Huffington Post.



The measure, approved by unanimous consent, came just days after forced unpaid leaves for controllers began, delaying thousands of flights -- 876 flights were delayed on Wednesday alone, the FAA said.

Titled the “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013,” the resolution provides the Secretary of Transportation the power to transfer up to $253 million in pre-existing funds to “prevent reduced operations and staffing” at the FAA.

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