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Posted: 5:43 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration furloughs that are causing traffic jams at the nation’s airports may come to a quick end.The Senate voted on a budget move Thursday night that would ease furloughs for air traffic controllers hit hard by sequester budget cuts.The House could vote on the measure Friday, sending it to President Barack Obama’s desk for approval.The Senate’s move comes just before a week long recess and puts the next move on the House.The plans shift $254 million into the FAA operations budget.House members though could introduce their own version of the same bill and to avoid the solution coming out of the Senate.If it passes, it would only be a temporary solution and would not fix all the problems the FAA because of budget cuts, including the closures of nearly 150 control towers.“We’re fooling ourselves if we think, go to the table and to have reconciliation of the budget,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.The air traffic controller furloughs have caused hundreds of delays each day since it began Sunday.On Thursday, more than 850 delays were because of the cuts.
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