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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Re FAA:
    I tried to post my vacation plans and weeks here twice today and they didn't pass the computer test.
    I'll be away a bit.
    I will not have been silenced.

    August 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Good News

    Thanks for leaving Joe, we will be very happy without you. Stay away for as long as you need. Won't miss you.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Knights Templar

    The world should know that we the Templars are the rulers. We can start a war or make caos in any part of the earth. Beginning next month you are going to experience what we mean when we say: Templars Rule. We are trained as real keepers and not as gays in the US forces. The seals will have to clean our shoes and make our beds.

    August 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Good News:
    F U 2.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ebony

    Thank you Mr. President.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ms. Banasy

    Have a lovely vacation, JIF.

    @Knight's Templar:
    Thanks for posting your drivel.
    I would have much rather read about JIF's vacation plans.
    ___________________________

    Well done, Mr. President.

    August 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    Congress has totally lost it. Where are the martians when you need them?

    August 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leeintulsa

    Am i reading this right? The president just created 4000 'tens of thousands' of jobs, that congress destroyed? Awesome.

    Gobama

    August 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    JIF's vacation plans:
    Roma hotel at top of Spanish Steps, wife smiling, walking distance even from Franz Liszt's studio at American Academy where I practiced (so hard!) for recordings decades ago, even walk with youthful (?) energy past Vatican, Bridge of Angels...bread, butter, wife smiling...more espresso...wife smiling...back to room...Corso...
    Ahhh!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • HIKER

      one of the best posts I've read in a longgggggggg time JIF...keep up the good work pal !

      August 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Life is beautiful!

    August 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    Joey have a good,relaxing and safe vacation.

    August 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    Good grief! Knights Templar you must be a fan of Sarah Palin with such Tea Party lingo. This is not the forum for such profanity. It's as simple as that.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    Good post banasy,thank you.

    August 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    I didnt post the above . Have a nice trip JIF, bring some cool stories back!

    August 6, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. away with tea party

    This should have never happen. We just don't jab good leadership in D.C. How could those so call leaders go on vacation know that this problem was on the table. We really need help in D.C.Sorry leadership in D.C.. I have no faith in them whatsoever.

    August 6, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeyT8023

      Leave it to the Democrats in the Senate to get the job done. The Republican controlled congress needs their vacation. It takes a lot of work to try and make this President a one "termer".

      August 6, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
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