Breaking: House passes measure to end flight delays

Breaking: House passes measure to end flight delays

Congress has approved a measure to end the flight delays bedevilling travellers across America, in the first legislative roll back of automatic budget cuts now cutting spending across the federal bureaucracy.

But while the vote in the House of Representatives, following one in the Senate late on Thursday, helps the small number of regular fliers in the US, it renewed acrimony over the implementation of broader budget cuts.

The vote, at least in the short term, represents a rebuff to both the White House and the Democrats who had insisted that any budget deals should also include tax rises, something Republicans have refused to consider.

Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said on Friday that President Barack Obama would sign the bill, saying it would be “good news for America’s travelling public” but failed to address other problems caused by automatic budget cuts.

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