LaHood urges FAA to be reopened

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 5:52pm

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is making a plea to Congress to return to Washington D.C. to end the partial FAA shutdown.

LaHood says the shutdown is damaging America's economy. Since July 23, about 4,000 agency employees have been furloughed and more than 150 airport improvement projects across the country are on hold, idling some 70,000 construction workers.

Airport safety inspectors are even being asked to work without pay, and charge their travel expenses to personal credit cards.

A dispute over air service subsidies to rural airports is at the heart of the standoff.

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