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Obama urges Congress to end partial FAA shutdown

President Obama in the White House Rose Garden, Tuesday, August 2. (Photo: Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling Congress to settle a dispute and end a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration before lawmakers leave Washington for the August recess.

He says the stalemate is "another Washington-inflicted wound on America."

Republicans have blocked a bipartisan Senate plan that would have extended the agency's authority to operate.

The partial agency shutdown led to the temporary layoff of thousands of employees and idled airport construction workers. It's costing the government revenue from lost airline ticket taxes.

The House and Senate are at odds over proposals to cut rural air service subsidies and make it more difficult for airline workers to unionize.

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