FAA In Limbo After Congress Misses Deadline
by: Brian NaylorMary Louise Kelly, NPR, July 25, 2011 3:07:00 am
Today might be a good day to buy an airline ticket, because you won't have to pay any tax on it. The Federal Aviation Administration's authorization ran out Friday night when Congress failed to renew it. Air traffic controllers and other essential employees are still on the job, but 4,000 others have been laid off, and construction projects have come to a halt. It's because the House and Senate cannot agree on subsidies for commercial flights to rural areas.