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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-03-11 10:14 AM
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U.S. aviation shutdown likely through August: LaHood
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/03/us-usa-infras...

(Reuters) - Only congressional action can end a partial shutdown of U.S. federal aviation programs that has suspended hundreds of airport construction projects, but that is unlikely with both chambers out until next month, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Wednesday.

LaHood dashed the long-shot possibility raised by one lawmaker that the fight over funding for the Federal Aviation Administration could be resolved later in the week under a congressional procedure that does not require lawmakers to cast votes in person. The step, called unanimous consent, would be rare with Congress out of town.

"(It's) not a possibility because we were told the Speaker of the House would not allow to happen and you'd have to have unanimous consent in both houses," LaHood said on C-SPAN.

The FAA has issued stop-work orders for 241 airport construction projects worth nearly $11 billion in the shutdown, which entered its 12th day on Wednesday.

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