Aviation Shutdown

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

More than 330 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration in Georgia will not go to work Monday after federal lawmakers failed to avert a shutdown of the agency.
Officials say that means about $17 million in FAA grant money won't be handed out to airports across the state and the federal airline ticket tax will be suspended temporarily.
On Friday, federal lawmakers couldn't agree on a bill extending the operating authority of the FAA. Republicans in the House wanted to cut $16.5 million in subsidies to rural communities, while Democrats refused to accept a bill without the money.
Overall, 4,000 FAA employees will be temporarily out of work. Obama administration officials have said the shutdown will not affect air safety. Air traffic controllers will remain on the job.


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