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Congress Passes Bill to End Sequester Flight Delays

In less than 24 hours, bipartisan legislation passed both the Senate and the House to relieve one of the most noticeable downsides to budget sequestration: FAA furloughs.

The bill that was rushed through Congress Congress – so quickly that the version the Senate voted on had an ending paragraph handwritten in – and is expected to be signed by the president today gives the FAA transfer authority for $253 million until October to put towards meeting the staffing challenges that have created staggering airport delays this week.

The money comes from the leftovers of a fund for airport improvements that is expected to send back between $400 and $450 million in unused funds this year.

The bill garnered praise from the air traffic controllers’ union.

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