U.S. Senate fails to end partial FAA shutdown

WASHINGTON Tue Aug 2, 2011 4:13pm EDT

WASHINGTON Aug 2 (Reuters) - A last-ditch effort to end a partial shutdown of U.S. federal aviation programs that have halted airport construction projects employing thousands of people fell short in the Senate on Tuesday.

Lawmakers, exhausted from weeks of acrimonious dealmaking over raising the government's debt limit, scrambled without success to break a deadlock that has held up full funding of the Federal Aviation Administration since July 22.

The Senate continues to object to legislation approved by the House of Representatives to fully fund the FAA. The bill includes cuts to certain subsidies for rural air service.

Congress will spend the rest of the month on vacation, so no action is likely until lawmakers return in September barring an unexpected development. (Reporting by Rick Cowan, Donna Smith, Kim Dixon Lisa Lambert and John Crawley)