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Congress responds to ‘slow clap’ to resolve FAA mess — for now


Nothing like a like public and presidential shaming to get Congress to do its job. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced earlier this afternoon that a deal had been struck to allow 74,000 airport and airport-related workers to go back on the job. That’s just great. But it ain’t over, folks. “This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain,” Reid said after delivering the good news. Those unresolved issues include subsidies for small airports and changes to rules that allow workers to unionize. Hardly things that will get resolved with dispatch and order. So, enjoy this moment of congressional comity while it lasts. It’s guaranteed to be brief.

Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog.

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