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Congress approves bill to end air traffic controller furloughs

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A bill to end air traffic controller furloughs has been approved by Congress.

The Senate passed the measure Thursday, and the House approved it with a 361 to 41 vote on Friday, just before lawmakers' week-long spring recess.

The furloughs were a result of the automatic, government-wide $85 billion sequester. Members of the GOP accused President Obama's administration of using those furloughs to pressure Congress to retract all cuts. Most Democrats went along with the legislation, but also said all cuts should be lifted.

Since their adoption, the furloughs have caused hundreds of planes to be delayed each day, leading to angry travelers.

 

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