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Shutdown of transportation, aviation programs possible without congressional action
WASHINGTON (AP) ' Congress returns to work next week needing to pass legislation to avoid shutdowns of federal transportation and aviation programs. President Barack Obama says as many as 1 million jobs are at risk without action.
Both the White House and House Republicans signaled Wednesday that they want to avoid such a scenario, but that doesn't mean it will be easy.
Federal highway programs, and the fuel taxes that pay for them, will expire Sept. 30 unless Congress passes short-term extension legislation. It would be the eighth such stopgap effort in the past two years.
Funds for hundreds of construction projects across the country would be held up without passage.
Similarly, authority for the Federal Aviation Administration expires Sept. 16.