WASHINGTON Aug 2 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)