Senate OKs Airport-Delay Fix
Bill scores unanimous support
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2013 2:56 AM CDT
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, joins the Senate GOP leadership during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Senate has come together to battle the flight delays plaguing the nation. All 100 senators signed off on legislation letting the Transportation Department transfer $253 million to the FAA operations account, in an effort to end air traffic controller furloughs, Politico reports. "Tonight we worked together in the Senate to avoid total gridlock in our aviation system and avert the real harm that rampant delays would cause to our economy and jobs," says Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

The bill stopped short of including a ban on the closure of 149 air traffic control towers, but the money should be plenty to avoid the risk of shutdown on June 15, says Sen. Jerry Moran. The funds come from airport projects. Now the bill heads to the House, which faces potential political heat if the measure doesn't pass today, Roll Call notes. But GOP leaders have indicated they're likely to approve it. The White House, however, calls the measure a "Band-Aid": "We hope Congress will find the same sense of urgency and bipartisan cooperation to help" people affected by cuts to defense, Head Start, Meals on Wheels, and more.

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Zero_for_President
Apr 26, 2013 6:50 PM CDT
America is a fascist, bankrupt, collapsing global military empire. Period The same Congress that plays your life-safety in air travel also voted (87%) for NDAA death camps, where you (following military arrest on suspicion) have no right to trial "for duration of hostilities." http://www.heartvote.com
justreading1
Apr 26, 2013 1:40 PM CDT
If they (Congress) would come to an agreement to the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget, maybe the furlough of Federal Employees would not happen!
kawahchan
Apr 26, 2013 10:30 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Better do somethings to improve the "Queueing Systems", too much delays will cause our domestic economy.