Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday announced a deal to temporarily fund the Federal Aviation Administration, ending a standoff that has left 74,000 transportation and construction workers furloughed and cost the government millions of dollars in lost revenues from ticketing fees.
After a deal was struck last weekend to end the debt-ceiling crisis, Democrats ramped up pressure to resolve the impasse over the agency's funding, which centered on a small but contentious provision that would have cut subsidies for rural airports.
A broader bill has stalled over a provision that would make it more difficult for air and rail workers to unionize.
Under the terms of the deal announced by Reid, the compromise does not resolve those differences.
"But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences, and this agreement will do exactly that," he said.