Ray LaHood Petitions for FAA

The travel industry is ready to take its turn at bat creating jobs for those out of work. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urged lawmakers last Thursday to pass a bill to put the Federal Aviation Administration back in business and put more than 70,000 construction works back on the job, according to the Associated Press.

Last Friday almost 4,000 FAA employees were temporarily laid off when "Congress couldn't agree on an extension of the agency's operating authority due to underlying partisan disputes over labor rights and subsidies for rural communities," writes the AP.

Over 150 airport construction projects have come to a standstill, which is costing the government money since the airlines can't collect $200 million per week in ticket taxes.

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