Obama Signs Bill Ending Furloughs for Air Traffic ControllersLisa Lerer and Laura Litvan
President Barack Obama signed into law legislation giving the Federal Aviation Administration authority to shift funds to eliminate air-traffic controller furloughs, the White House announced.
The furloughs were suspended April 27 following congressional passage of the measure to let the FAA work around across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in last month. The law lets the FAA move as much as $253 million within its budget to end furloughs, or unpaid days off.
It also gives the FAA enough flexibility to avert the planned June 15 closing of 149 small-airport control towers operated by agency contractors.
The House cleared the legislation 361-41 April 26 after the Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan bill the previous night.