FAA Air Controller Furloughs to End After Congress Passes Measure



The U.S. Congress has passed a measure that will end furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily.

The measure was approved this morning by a vote of 361-41 in the House of Representatives. The Senate had already agreed to the bill yesterday.

The Federal Aviation Administration has furloughed the controllers as part of the government-wide, $85 billion spending cuts called the sequester.

Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of using the controller furloughs to put political pressure on Congress to roll back all the cuts. Airline delays have infuriated travelers and caused headaches for lawmakers.

Democrats largely went along with the bill but said all the cuts should be lifted.


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