It took less than a minute for the Senate to fund 4,000 furloughed Federal Aviation Administration workers and airport construction projects through mid-September -- and even less time for President Obama to sign it into law today.
Congress had left town for a five-week vacation without resolving the matter. FAA inspectors had beeen paying their own way to do their jobs for the past two weeks.
Only local two senators were needed today under the "unanimous consent" procedure to approve the bill. Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) asked that the measure be passed, and the presiding officer Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., concurred and the measure passed.
The maneuver reinstates aviation safety inspectors and 70,000 constuction workers on projects at airports around the country.