Senate Approves Bill To End Partial FAA Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has approved legislation ending a two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, clearing the way for furloughed employees and airport construction projects to resume.

Two senators were present to approve a House bill extending FAA's operating authority, using unanimous consent procedures that took less than 30 seconds.

Employees can return to work as soon as Monday if President Barack Obama signs the bill before then.

The shutdown has cost the government about $400 million in uncollected airline ticket taxes and idled thousands of construction workers.