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LaHood urges end to U.S. aviation standoff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urged Congress on Thursday to end a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and restore full funding to the agency.

LaHood said he thinks the House of Representatives and the Senate could find a way to resolve their differences over the political standoff over spending that has resulted in furloughs of nearly 4,000 federal aviation employees and a halt to airport construction projects.

LaHood also said his agency and the Treasury Department are working on a way to address air fare increase triggered by the shutdown, which prevented airlines from collecting federal ticket taxes.