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Reid: Compromise In Hand To Reopen FAA

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration could soon be fully operational again.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise to end the partial shutdown that has idled 74,000 transportation and construction workers.

Under the deal, the Senate would approve a House bill extending the agency’s operating authority through mid-September. That legislation includes a provision cutting $16.5 million in air service subsidies to rural communities. Republicans had insisted on those cuts.

But they may become moot. Democrats say they expect the White House to effectively waive or negate the cuts. And that would let service continue to 13 communities affected by the provision.

Communities targeted for the proposed air service subsidy cuts include Glendive, Mont.; Alamogordo, N.M.; and Ely, Nev.

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