U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that the recently enacted “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013” will allow the Federal Aviation Administration to transfer sufficient funds, end employee furloughs, and prevent the closure of 149 federal contract air-traffic control towers.

On April 26, Congress passed the act exempting the FAA from making across-the-board budget cuts, which are currently required by sequestration. President Obama signed the legislation May 1.

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