FAA Suspends All Air Traffic Controller Furloughs
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A typo is keeping President Obama from signing legislation designed to end budget-related FAA air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays, a congressional source told CNN Saturday.
Apparently the holdup boils down to an “s” needing to be added somewhere in the Senate version of the bill — it’s not clear which word is the culprit.
The House fixed the typo in the version it passed Friday, and the Senate plans to fix it on Tuesday, a senior House GOP aide told CNN. The FAA “is not impacted,” the source said.
The FAA issued a statement Saturday, saying that it had suspended all employee furloughs and that “the system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening.”
The story was first reported by ABC News.
In rare bipartisan accord, normally quarrelsome U.S. lawmakers passed the measure Friday, capping a major congressional initiative as delays snarled traffic at airports.
The measure gives the Transportation Department budget planners new flexibility for dealing with forced spending cuts.
It also allows authorities to protect 149 control towers at small- and medium-sized airports that are slated for closure for budgetary reasons.