DOT Secretary Norman Mineta last week told Congress that unless it grants FAA's request for $100 million in extra funding, the agency will have to temporarily furlough 35,000 Air Traffic Services (ATS) employees in September -- likely disrupting the air traffic system during the summer travel season. Congressional observers expect lawmakers to agree on at least $46 million, which they regard as the minimum needed to avoid furloughs. The $100 million FAA request is a small part of the ...

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