House OKs measure to end controller furloughs
April 26th, 2013
12:58 PM ET

House OKs measure to end controller furloughs

[Updated at 12:58 p.m. ET] In rare bipartisan accord, normally quarrelsome U.S. lawmakers passed a measure designed to end budget-related air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays.

The House of Representatives approved the legislation, capping a major congressional initiative as delays snarled traffic at airports. The House vote comes a day after unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate.

The measure - which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama - gives the Transportation Department budget planners new flexibility for dealing with forced spending cuts.

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  1. banasy©

    Ah, Rawr. ***golf clap***

    April 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Kinda like applause from a one armed man. Hey, I'll take what I can get.

      April 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    @bobcat(iah) the two members of your fan club out here are applauding.

    April 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Hello dazzle and Victoria

      Happy 21st birthday Victoria. When you go out to celebrate, get someone to drink a Crown and Coke and toast you on my behalf.. You guys have a great time and be careful.

      April 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marissa

    Oh bobcat. That was a good joke. Loved it.

    April 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rupert

    There was a lady from illinois. Her name was donna. She was very pretty. She won $10 million in the lottery. She went to collect. The clerk told her " you will get it in spread over 20 years" she got mad and said "no. I want it right now!" The clerk said "no. Spread over 20 years."
    So then the lady from Il. Said "i want it now or my money back"

    April 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bambi

    Oh rupert. That was funny. I loved it.

    April 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hamsta

    So Obama figured out punishing Americans for not wanting to pay more taxes is a BAD IDEA huh?

    April 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Norbert


    April 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    We all make mistakes, from the top down, but it really was not a good idea to make us feel the pain by hindering air transportation.
    People who can afford to fly fuel the economy. The USA's economy is not so luxuriously vital that it can absorb losses designed to force political points.

    April 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    There is an article above ti-
    tled "Why does America have debt?"
    I didn't read it.
    Why doesn't everybody know why America has debt?

    April 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TORI©

    America has debt for so many reasons, Joey.
    Help foreign countries
    Help illegals here
    The war
    Government housing
    Welfare cheats
    Tax cheats
    Free food to children of whom about half trash it
    gov grants for useless things
    The list goes on and on.

    April 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Victoria

    Yea Tori, but we get something in return. We get to place more bases in foreign countries, get rid of a dictator, feed some children that do eat free lunches, and some of those grants are actually put to good use.

    April 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TORI©

    @Victoria. I understand that, but do we really need so many bases. We pay for it. We have reached a point where we can no longer afford these things. Wake up Washington, we are going broke. You can't even keep Social Security going. Shame on you.

    April 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      When the progressives ( closet case socialists ) came up with social security in the 1920s or 30s the citizens weren't eligible to recieve benefits until the age of 65. Life expectancy at that time was.61. You weren't supposed to recieve benefits to begin with, it is a ponzi scheme.

      April 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hamsta

    And how much blood are you trying to squeeze out of a turnip Richard? I pay a tax rate of 29%, I don't have any dependents or deductions to list. If you think my W2s are wrong that would be on the company's back not mine.

    April 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      I swim with the gators in the bayous here in Louisiana, I don't think you could do the same, there isn't much difference between a gator and a croc.

      April 27, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      I bet you can't swim with the gators like I do in the bayous of Louisiana.

      April 27, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TORI©

    Hamsta is so misinformed. Excuse me for saying this, but he makes no sense at all. LBJ had his dream of a Great Society which included a supplemental income of Social Security. People work, have a deduction for SS, and recieve benefits accordingly, but according to hamsta, billions of dollars have been deducted from hard working Americans, but "...they weren't supposed to receive benefits." What an uneducated comment.

    April 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      Actually the unedecated people don't realize that from the very beginning you weren't eligable to recieve benefits unless you outlived your life expectancy. Anyone with intelligence would recognize that for what it is, a PONZI SCHEME. It's no wonder that some of Dead Kennedies lyrics state that LBJ was a Soviet Jew.

      April 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Victoria

    Let it go Tori. I've read his comments. No use debating with him. He is an extremist; a right winger, beyond help.

    April 27, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marissa

      I beg to differ on Hamsta's point. It was not a ponzi scheme, but good business. Everybody knows that not everyone will pass away at age 61. We are talking about people, not an auto warranty or the expiration on a D/L. Some make it beyond life expectancy, some don't. It is only a guide, it isn't written on stone. Surely Hamsta and other people with limited ideologies can see this, right?

      April 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      The prople you like to call right wing extremists didn't go around committing armed robbery or other acts of violence, that was your Occupy movement. I also wouldn't listen to Marissa, she obviously has had many crappy Chevies. My Toyota is 10 years old and has 210,000 miles on it without a single problem, not even a burned out headlight.

      April 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
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