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Apr 30, 2013

U.S. proposes WTO farm trade talks aimed at boosting food security

WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) – The United States said on
Tuesday it was prepared to examine how agricultural policy
reform could boost global food security as part of a package of
commitments at the World Trade Organization’s upcoming meeting
in December.

“The United States agrees with India and other proponents
that enhancing food security in developing countries is indeed
an important issue for this body to address,” U.S. Ambassador to
the WTO Michael Punke said in Geneva, according to a text of his
remarks released in Washington.

Apr 29, 2013

Transport chief LaHood exits politics, Obama picks Foxx

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For the past four years, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has rarely passed up the chance to chide American drivers for using mobile phones and other devices while driving, often speaking directly to drivers in radio ads during the morning commute.

The loquacious LaHood used the White House announcement ceremony on Monday for his replacement as transportation secretary to make one last plea for safer driving – and to say his goodbyes to politics.

Apr 29, 2013

U.S. transport chief LaHood exits politics, Obama picks Foxx

WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters) – For the past four years,
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has rarely passed up the
chance to chide American drivers for using mobile phones and
other devices while driving, often speaking directly to drivers
in radio ads during the morning commute.

The loquacious LaHood used the White House announcement
ceremony on Monday for his replacement as transportation
secretary to make one last plea for safer driving – and to say
his goodbyes to politics.

Apr 26, 2013

Rush to help airlines, travelers could crack open U.S. budget door

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress got rid of a headache on Friday when it rescued the flying public from flight delays caused by its budget cutting. But in the view of many U.S. lawmakers, the pain is just about to begin.

Members of Congress and groups representing people hit by across-the-board budget cuts, ranging from cancer patients to welfare recipients, say the quick action on air traffic control staffing underscored the importance of being visible to millions of Americans.

Apr 26, 2013

U.S. Congress passes plan to ease flight delays

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives on Friday approved a Senate plan to ease
nationwide air-traffic delays caused by automatic federal
spending cuts, seeking to calm irritated travelers but sparking
a backlash from interest groups not spared from cuts.

The Senate had unanimously voted for the plan late Thursday
and the House approved it by a 361-41 vote. White House
spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama plans to sign
the bill.

Apr 26, 2013

U.S. House passes Senate plan to ease air traffic delays

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly approved a Senate plan
to ease nationwide air traffic delays caused by automatic
federal spending cuts, seeking to calm an irritated traveling
public as lawmakers themselves flew out of Washington for a
week-long recess.

The Senate had unanimously voted for the plan late Thursday.

The barely four pages of legislation will give the
Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to
cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential
employees at the Federal Aviation Administration who had been
furloughed.

Apr 26, 2013

U.S. House seen moving quickly to ease air-traffic delays

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives is expected to act quickly on Friday to finalize
a Senate plan to ease nationwide air-traffic delays caused by
last month’s automatic federal spending cuts.

The Senate plan, passed unanimously late Thursday, will give
the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent
funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other
essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration who
had been furloughed.

Apr 26, 2013

White House calls effort to end airport delays “good news”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress’ move to quickly end this week’s widespread airport flight delays is good news for U.S. travelers, the White House said on Friday, but falls short of broader action needed to address wider across-the-board spending cuts that took effect last month.

Late Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation giving the Department of Transportation more flexibility with its budget, allowing it to use other funds to end air traffic controller furloughs that have led to clogged airports and delayed flights across the country.

Apr 26, 2013

U.S. Senate passes bill to end air traffic control furloughs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate moved quickly late on Thursday to end air traffic controller furloughs that were causing widespread airline flight delays related to last month’s automatic federal spending cuts.

Without any debate, the Senate unanimously passed legislation giving the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.

Apr 25, 2013

U.S. Congress moving toward quick fix to flight delays

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Senate leaders are
frantically trying to put together a plan to alleviate
widespread airline flight delays caused by last month’s
automatic federal spending cuts, working on legislation that
could be voted on as early as Thursday.

Under bipartisan legislation that is all but ready to be
presented to the full Senate, the Department of Transportation
would be given new flexibility to take unspent funds and use
them to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other
essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.