Senate Approves Bill to End FAA Furloughs
(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate Thursday night passed legislation that would allow the FAA to transfer existing funds in order to end the furloughs that are currently causing the flight delays across the nation.
The bill provides the secretary of transportation with the “flexibility to transfer certain funds ($253 million until October) to prevent reduced operations and staffing of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.”
The legislation was sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators: Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jay Rockefeller D-W.Va., and John Thune, R-S.D., and passed by “unanimous consent” in the Senate Thursday evening.
The proposal does not use war savings, as originally proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., this week.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for a vote.
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