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August 4th, 2011
09:39 AM ET

Furloughed FAA worker Mark DePlasco talks Congress stalemate

Roughly 4,000 full-time employees from the Federal Aviation Administration are on furlough this week because Congress did not come to an agreement to extend its funding before the 5-week Congressional vacation.

Mark DePlasco, manager of the Terminal Requirements Team for the FAA, is one of the workers who has been furloughed.

DePlasco talks with Ali Velshi on American Morning today to talk about how the shutdown is effecting both his colleagues and himself and to weigh in if the employee shortage poses a potential safety threat to customers.


Filed under: FAA
August 4th, 2011
05:17 AM ET

Talkback: When is it okay for political leaders to take a break from Washington?

After passing the debt ceiling legislation on Tuesday, Senators left Capitol Hill for summer recess without reaching an agreement on extending funding for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Without the extension, the FAA is limited in its ability to complete maintenance and construction projects and nearly 4,000 inspectors and other employees are on furlough.

Talkback: When is it okay for political leaders to take a break from Washington?

Let us know what you think. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.


Filed under: AM Asks
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