MOUNT SINAI - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced yesterday afternoon that a bipartisan agreement has been reached to end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
On Long Island alone, about 22 workers have been furloughed since July 23 following the FAA shutdown.
News of the compromise comes two days after members of Congress went into summer recess without reaching an agreement on whether to cut $16 million in subsidies to airlines. Unions say the impasse cost the government more than $200 million in uncollected airfare taxes.
Now that a deal has been reached, it remains unclear how the government will make up for all the money it has lost, or whether it will reimburse furloughed workers.
The U.S. Senate is expected to pass the bill, which was passed by the House, today.
Associated Press reports contributed to this article.
For extended footage from a news conference at MacArthur Airport on the FAA impasse, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.
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