“Congress announced a deal Thursday that would temporarily end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and get people back to work,” the New York Daily News writes. “The deal, to be voted on Friday, will keep the FAA open through lawmakers' vacation, but does not resolve the broader issues that divided Congress. It also gets more than 4,000 furloughed FAA employees and laid-off construction workers back on the job.”
The New York Times: “The agreement signals an end, at least for a few weeks, to a standoff over policy issues that had left 4,000 agency employees out of work, idled tens of thousands of workers at hundreds of airport construction projects and cost the federal government more than $350 million in lost taxes on airline tickets.”
A senior government official tells NBC’s Jay Blackman that if the Senate passes the bill today -- and if President Obama signs it into law immediately -- furloughed workers can return to their jobs on Monday. It may take a bit longer for construction crews to get back to work since some may have taken other jobs in the interim.
Obama issued this statement yesterday, “I'm pleased that leaders in Congress are working together to break the impasse involving the FAA so that tens of thousands of construction workers and others can go back to work. We can't afford to let politics in Washington hamper our recovery, so this is an important step forward.”