Senate bill to end air traffic controller furloughs
US Senate passes bill to transfer funds to Federal Aviation Association
With the pain of flight delays being felt across the country, the Senate has passed a bill that would end air traffic controller furloughs. The bill was passed uncontested and long after many Senators had left for a week-long vacation.
Under this new bill, the Federal Aviation Association would have the ability to transfer $253 million from other programs to "prevent reduced operations and staffing" through the end of the fiscal year in September.
Officials said the transfer would likely be enough to restore full staffing for the controllers as well as prevent closures of smaller airports.
The furloughs were a part of the sequestration cuts after Congress was unable to reach an agreement before the end of the last session. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure as soon as Friday.
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