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LaHood urges end to U.S. aviation standoff

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks during the daily media briefing at the White House in Washington
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks during the daily media briefing at the White House in Washington

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.

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