FAA shutdown to end

Furloughed Federal Aviation Administration employees may be able to return to work soon. Lawmakers have reportedly reached a deal to fund the agency and end the partial shutdown that has lasted almost two weeks.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced the deal on Aug. 4, according to published accounts. "This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain," Reid said in a written statement reported on Politico.com. "But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences, and this agreement will do exactly that."

About 4,000 FAA employees were furloughed when funding expired July 23. The partial shutdown also put about 70,000 workers in construction jobs out of work, according to the Washington Post.

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Reader comments

Fri, Aug 5, 2011 Johnny

When are governments going to realize that shutdowns cost alot of money. Government-paid unemployment benefits and reduced government funds since there are no income taxes being paid. Take away Congress's salary if they can't get the job done - let them experience the Recession first-hand.

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