FAA shutdown to continue as Congress leaves

August 4th, 2011 - 1:47 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Aug 3 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Federal Aviation Authority in the United States has been left in the dark because US lawmakers failed to approve temporary extension of funding. For more than a week, the FAA has been operating on half capacity because the lawmakers failed to approve short-term funding for them.

During a press conference on Wednesday, the Democrat lawmakers placed the confusion on the doorsteps of the Republicans. Majority Leader Harry Reid said that, “We’re telling Speaker (John) Boehner: Stop this foolishness. We’re not going to be held hostage, like you did with the debt ceiling process. This issue has nothing to do with essential air services and everything to do with a labor dispute between airlines and the American worker.”

The Republicans hit back at the Democrats accusing them of not doing anything about the bill. The Senate is going on a break and they will have to return to the House before the proposal for funding extension could be discussed again.

The accusations and the counter-accusations will do very little for about 4,000 employees and 75,000 construction and support staff any good. They are out of job for now because of the impasse.

Only essential FAA workers like air controllers and engineers are currently still working.

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