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Passengers react to vote ending FAA furloughs

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Roger Rowlett Roger Rowlett
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Just one day after the Senate passed a bill, Congress voted almost unanimously for legislation to end the Federal Aviation Administration furloughs.

The furloughs are an effort to comply with the automatic, across the board federal spending cuts. Those spending cuts, known as the sequester, went into effect on March 1. The FAA furloughs kicked in on Sunday, April 21.

The furloughs require every FAA employee to take one unpaid day off, every other week. This caused nearly 900 flight delays in airports across the country this week.

Roger Rowlett travels often for business. His flight to Savannah was delayed an hour and a half at Washington Dulles International Airport, coming from New York's La Guardia. He said he's very pleased to hear Congress passed the bill, because ultimately this would have had a severe impact on his work.

"I hate traveling anyway by air, so this just makes it worse. I do a lot of air travel and it makes a big difference to me in terms of whether or not I get my work done at my destination if I can get there on time."

In a press conference Friday afternoon, White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama will sign the bill as soon as possible.

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