The partial shutdown of the FAA, due to Congress’s failure to act on extending FAA authorizing legislation, has expanded into stop work orders on airport construction and is threatening plans to spend $2.5 billion of Airport Improvement Program money on expansion projects including the Next Generation air transportion system (NextGen). Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt are preparing a “game plan” with White House advisors in an attempt to persuade ...

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