PROTIP: if you want to pretend like you’re actually serving the country, you can’t just go home when something like this is looming overhead.
The disagreement means the FAA has to furlough as many as 4,000 workers tomorrow and stop collecting about $200 million a week in airplane-ticket and other taxes until it is resolved, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said yesterday. Air- traffic controllers, considered essential employees, would remain on the job.
The agency has been without long-term funding legislation since 2007 and has operated on a series of short-term extensions, the most recent of which expires at midnight.
I’m sure those 4,000 people are going to be completely sympathetic that it was late and everyone was tired and didn’t want to keep debating.