LOS ANGLES (CBS) — President Obama is ordering Congress to get back to work and end a partial Federal Aviation shutdown.

The shutdown comes after Congress went on vacation without approving funding legislation to keep workers on the job.

Safety is not a concern at Los Angeles International, Bob Hope or other local airports, as air traffic controllers are still working.

However, the stalemate has furloughed 4,000 FAA employees and put at least 70,000 contract employees out of work. It has also put more than 200 airport construction projects, including improvements at LAX, on hold.

Workers are now being forced to file for unemployment and dig into family savings to make ends meet.

“I don’t know if I can make my rent, I don’t know if I can make my car insurance,” electrician’s apprentice Ashley Davidson told CBS2’s Kirk Hawkins.

The main sticking point in Washington is workers’ rights, as Republicans want to make it harder for airline employees to unionize. They are also trying to trim subsidies for rural airport service.

Obama is now calling for both sides to return to the Capitol and resolve the dispute.

The government could lose more than $1 billion in taxes on airline tickets if standoffs last through Labor Day.

Comments (2)
  1. Bob says:

    The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

    Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

    I’m asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

    In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    1. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

    3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.


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