August 5th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

Obama signs bill ending partial FAA shutdown

President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday temporarily restoring full funding to the Federal Aviation Administration, breaking a political impasse and allowing roughly 4,000 furloughed federal employees to return to work.

Earlier Friday, the Senate passed the bill, which promises to restore tens of thousands of jobs in the construction industry and elsewhere tied to airport improvement projects put on hold as a result of the funding shortfall.

The bill took less than one minute to pass a nearly empty Senate chamber by a legislative maneuver known as "unanimous consent," which allows as few as two senators to approve a bill so long as no objections are filed. Most members of Congress are currently away from Washington on their summer recess.

Public outrage over Congress's decision to adjourn for the summer without providing adequate funding for the approximately 4,000 employees contributed to the push for at least a short-term resolution.

The political differences that led to the funding shortfall, however, have not been resolved. Democrats and Republicans are still at sharp odds over whether to continue providing subsidies to smaller rural airports. The two parties also differ over whether to make it easier for airline employees to unionize.

Congress will have to revisit the issue within six weeks in order to avoid another lapse in funding.

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  1. TERROR ALERT

    REAL SHOOTING IN UTOYA or NORWEGIAN "AFTERLIFE" $$ FLASH MOB !!? stateofterror.blogspot.com/ or stateofterror.wordpress.com/ REAL TEARS OR TEAR GAS AND PURE THEATER ON FACES OF MANIACS !!? OSLO POLICE or COMMUNIST/LIBERAL CRIMINALS WHO WERE PREPARING FOR ACT OF TERROR AGAINST NORWAY AND EUROPE ALMOST HALF DECADE(collecting proofs and photos) AHEAD !!? WILL THERE BE APOCALYPSE NOW(Abomination) OR TOTAL RESISTANCE(civil war) !!? No doubt about bombing in Oslo, but what about shooting in Utoya !!!?

    ARIZONA = UTOYA and STOLTENBERG = BREIVIK (90 minutes vs 30 and for government vehicles or police even 20 minutes the most) !!!

    August 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. leeintulsa

    It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring. Bumped his head when he went to bed and couldn't get up in the morning :)

    August 6, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chrissy

    hey leeintulsa lol didnt you read the posts prior to yours? the martians ARE here, they are called knights of the templar, although im not sure WHAT planent they are from lmao and hey banasy, how u been?

    August 7, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    Omg @ away with tea party...Are you 4 real?? That statement totally screamed oxy moron cuz there is no such thing as good leadership in dc and hey 2 u 2 raven somehow missed ur post the lst time through. And joey sounds like a yummy vacation. Have fun!

    August 7, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
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