cbs4
COMING UP: How A Jail Inmate Was Accidentally Released, Tonight At 10 (Watch Preview)

Local

Udall: Bill Will Restore Common Sense To FAA

View Comments
Sen. Mark Udall (credit: CBS)

Sen. Mark Udall (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) — Congress has easily approved legislation ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily.

The House approved the measure Friday on a 361-41 vote, one day after the Senate agreed to the bill. The action came with lawmakers streaming toward the doors for a week-long spring recess.

The Federal Aviation Administration has furloughed the controllers as part of the government-wide, $85 billion spending cuts called the sequester.

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall helped craft the bipartisan proposal and said it will “restore common sense to the FAA.”

Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of using the controller furloughs to put political pressure on Congress to roll back all the cuts. Airline delays have infuriated travelers and caused headaches for lawmakers.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus