Saturday, August 6, 2011

Congress Strikes Deal Ending FAA Shutdown

Harry Reid

Another stalemate is over, at least for now.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday announced a deal to reopen the FAA and bring an end to the two-week standoff that had idled tens of thousands of workers and stalled construction projects across the nation.

"This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain," Reid said. "But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences, and this agreement will do exactly that."
The Senate on Friday made quick work of the House-passed FAA bill, approving the measure by unanimous consent. (Most lawmakers are already home for August recess, so there was no roll call vote.) The bill resumes funding for the agency through the middle of September, when the partisan fighting is expected to begin anew. The stopgap measure does not address one of the issues at the center of the fight: a recent National Mediation Board decision that makes it easier for airline employees to unionize. (We'll let you guess which side the two parties come down on on that topic.)
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