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Bill Passed that Lawmakers Hope Will Restore Normalcy to Airports
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 26, 2013 @ 7:35PM
Created on April 26, 2013 @ 6:30PM
 
In an example of rare bipartisan accord, U.S. lawmakers passed a measure designed to end budget related air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays.
 
The deal comes as delays have left air travelers stranded on runways for hours in many cases. The measure, which is expected to be signed into law by President Obama, gives the transportation department budget planners new flexibility for dealing with forced spending cuts. 
 
It would also allow authorities to protect 149 control towers at small and medium sized airports that are scheduled to close because of the ongoing sequester. 
 
5 News hit the streets to find out what our viewers had to say about this measure:
 
I'm a frequent traveler, so I have experienced lots of flight delays in the past, especially in the past few months. I think we do need some help with expediting our travel, but I don't know exactly if the government needs to help us with this, said Don Cunanan.
 
I think its about time they did something right and quit wasting money over seas and start taking care of things here at home, said Kenny Allman.
 
I don't think it will work! I think it's a bad idea, said Rudolph Jefferson.
 
In all, the furloughs have delayed more than 3,000 flights since Sunday.

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