The House of Representatives has gone into its August recess, which means a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration will stay in effect into early September.
Federal Times reports the House was scheduled to stay in session through Thursday. However, a spokesperson for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the earliest votes are now scheduled for Sept. 7.
“Members of Congress should not get on a plane to fly home for vacation without passing an FAA bill and putting thousands of people back to work,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
The FAA has furloughed 4,000 workers and has issued stop work orders for projects around the country.
Reuters reports the 10-day shutdown has cost the FAA $250 billion in revenue, collected from airline ticket taxes. That money goes to a trust fund that helps pay for airport infrastructure projects. A continued shutdown through August could cost the FAA more than $1 billion.