Congress Reaches Deal to End FAA Shutdown

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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 03:  Trucks drive down a road near a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport on August 3, 2011 in Oakland, California. U.S. President Barack Obama is urging members of Congress to pass legislation to end the FAA shutdown by the end of the week. The shutdown has left an estimated 4,000 FAA employees furloughed and nearly 30,000 construction workers out of a job as airport construction projects are stalled.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 03: Trucks drive down a road near a half-completed 236-foot FAA control tower at Oakland International Airport on August 3, 2011 in Oakland, California. U.S. President Barack Obama is urging members of Congress to pass legislation to end the FAA shutdown by the end of the week. The shutdown has left an estimated 4,000 FAA employees furloughed and nearly 30,000 construction workers out of a job as airport construction projects are stalled. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Photo: Justin Sullivan/2011 Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a bi-partisan compromise today to end the thirteen-day shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has furloughed 74,000 transportation and construction workers. "This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain. But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences and this agreement will do exactly that," Reid said in a statement. The Senate will formalize the deal on Friday by approving a previously stalled short-term extension passed by the House of Representatives. [AP]