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Published: Wednesday, 5/1/2013

Obama signs legislation ending FAA furloughs

Obama signs bill to fix flight delays stemming from spending cuts that led to FAA furloughs

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — President Obama has signed into law a bill to end furloughs of air traffic controllers.

The furloughs stemmed from the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that started taking effect in March.

Millions of air travelers were affected recently by delayed flights across the country because of the furloughs.

Congress moved quickly on a fix, despite Obama’s preference that the cuts be replaced all at once rather than piecemeal.

A typo in the legislation delayed getting the bill to Obama, but Congress worked out the glitch Tuesday, and the president signed it today.

The bill lets the FAA transfer around as much as $253 million to prevent staffing reductions through September, when the current budget year ends.

The FAA had started resuming normal operations in anticipation of Obama signing the measure.



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