Air Traffic System Back to Normal Tomorrow
FAA suspends furloughs after fix by Congress
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2013 12:54 PM CDT
A passenger sits at right in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson airport Friday in Atlanta.   (David Goldman)

(Newser) – The FAA says it has suspended all employee furloughs, meaning the nation's air traffic system will resume normal operations by tomorrow evening. The announcement comes a day after Congress passed legislation to allow the agency to withdraw the furloughs, which were originally mandated in the sequester cuts. The furloughs started to hit air traffic controllers this week, causing flight delays that left thousands of travelers frustrated and furious. Republicans accused the Obama administration of forcing the furloughs to raise public pressure on Congress to roll back the budget cuts. The White House complains the FAA fix left the rest of the cuts intact. (See some big-ticket items affected here.)

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Nora_Kit
Apr 28, 2013 9:14 AM CDT
Our government is so bloated with workers. Obama can't think of anything else to cut than what affects us personally.
M_Polk
Apr 28, 2013 12:07 AM CDT
Suddenly it was discovered that those of Congress who fly home over the weekends and certainly for recess were screwed. They were hoisted by their own petard so to speak. Unless the air traffic controllers were there they would have to drive home... I'm just waiting for 2014 when the House cleans house... Hopefully we will expose if not all the purchased Congress members, most will be eliminated. That gun bill vote was an absolute travesty. 90% of Americans want expanded background checks. If you are that concerned about your past? All that information can be found anyway by paying less than $30 to check your background. With todays search software you can get the same while sitting at the computer you are using to read this (sigh)
A1e8a
Apr 27, 2013 6:26 PM CDT
Except that "normal" is not good, since republicons decimated the whole thing, as they have devastated America! Boot out all republicons, now!