LOS ANGELES (CBS) — U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer joined the mayor Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport to call for a long-term fix to a funding shortage at the FAA.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports the two political heavyweights are throwing their support behind a new deal before lawmakers in Washington.

The short-term agreement in Congress keeps the Federal Aviation Administration funded through September 16, but Senator Boxer (D-CA) wants House Speaker John Boehner to take immediate steps in order to secure re-authorization at the agency.

“The example of the FAA partial shutdown should be very clear in our minds,” said Boxer. “We can’t have that again.”

Boxer warned any future shutdown could result in the loss of 1.8 million jobs associated with an upcoming vote on a highway reconstruction projects.

Villaraigosa said the ongoing fight in Congress must give way to the will of the American people.

“The call to stop the partisanship is, I think, what the vast majority of Americans and certainly the vast majority of Angelenos, are looking for,” he said.


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