NBC News reports that Congress has reached an agreement to reopen the Federal Aviation Administration. The plan, Kelly O'Donnell writes, is for the Senate to adopt the House version of an extension for the FAA. That bill includes an end to federal subsidies for smaller airports, but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has the power to grant them all waivers, and he will, NBC says. The effect would be the same as a clean extension.
In the long run, the fight over the FAA is still fundamentally about unions. The Republicans want to make it harder for transportation workers to unionize -- they've made it a condition of re-authorizing the FAA in full.
Check out this fundraiser from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today. It's unusual to see local politics playing out in Washington, but Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has made himself famous enough to buck the trend. "The GOP is refusing to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration unless the bill includes a union-busting provision Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would be proud of," they write, emphasis original to the fundraising pitch.
BONUS: If you've seen local reports on airport construction that has shut down in your area, please drop the links in the comments.