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WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials say contractors

have been told to stop work on airport modernization projects

across the country because Congress has failed to pass legislation

necessary for the work to continue.

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Officials said Monday that dozens of stop-work orders have been

issued for major projects designed to build and modernize control

towers and other airport projects.

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said construction workers and

communities will suffer “the longer this goes on.” He called on

Congress to move forward on a bill to extend the Federal Aviation

Administration’s operating authority, which expired at midnight

Friday.

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The House and Senate are at a stalemate over air service subsidies

for rural communities and a Republican proposal that would make it

more difficult for airline workers to unionize, among other

issues.

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