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Democrats Back Measure to Ease FAA Fuloughs

Top Democrats in Congress are voicing support for a measure to roll back budget cuts that led to delays for airline passengers because of air traffic controller furloughs.

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The measure would erase about $200 million in cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says she prefers to roll back all $85 billion in budget cuts. But Pelosi says she could back a bill just for the FAA if the details are satisfactory.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says he’s also open to the bill.

The Democrats spoke after White House press secretary Jay Carney made similar comments Wednesday. Until then, the White House had mostly opposed measures to stop cuts to individual agencies or programs, though congressional Democrats have supported it.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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