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House Approves Measure To End Furloughs Of Air Traffic Controllers

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Arriving passengers wait for a ride outside Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angles International Airport (LAX) on April 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Arriving passengers wait for a ride outside Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angles International Airport (LAX) on April 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has easily approved legislation ending furloughs of air traffic controllers that have delayed hundreds of flights daily.

The House approved the measure Friday on a 361-41 vote, one day after the Senate agreed to the bill. The action came with lawmakers streaming toward the doors for a week-long spring recess.

The Federal Aviation Administration has furloughed the controllers as part of the government-wide, $85 billion spending cuts called the sequester.

Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of using the controller furloughs to put political pressure on Congress to roll back all the cuts. Airline delays have infuriated travelers and caused headaches for lawmakers.

Democrats largely went along with the bill but said all the cuts should be lifted.

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