The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly approved a Senate plan to ease nationwide air traffic delays caused by automatic federal spending cuts, seeking to calm an irritated traveling public as lawmakers themselves flew out of Washington for a week-long recess.The Senate had unanimously voted for the plan late Thursday.The barely four pages of legislation will give the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration who had been furloughed.The bill, approved by the House in 361-41 vote, now moves to President Barack Obama's desk for signature. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama plans to sign the bill.It is unclear how quickly the FAA can reverse the furloughs.Lawmakers were eager to stem the growing wrath of the traveling public, which had dealt with significant take-off and landing delays since the furloughs started on Sunday. Ther...
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