Congress Reaches Deal to End FAA Shutdown

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Two days of caterwauling convinced vacationing members of Congress to end their standoff over FAA’s funding, which will put thousands of furloughed workers back on the job:

Under a deal Reid made with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Senate will pass the House bill that includes cuts to rural flight service to airports in Nevada, West Virginia and Montana. But Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will use his authority to waive the airports from the cuts, ending a 13-day impasse that left 4,000 FAA employees and about 70,000 construction employees out of work.

The Post says there’s “no immediate explanation of how the compromise was reached,” which I’ll take to mean that there’s no plausible explanation for why they didn’t just do this two weeks ago.