Sen. Rockefeller criticizes House for including FAA in piecemeal funding approach

Since the government shutdown began on Oct. 1, the FAA has furloughed 15,554 of its 46,070 employees, though the agency has deemed air traffic controllers “essential personnel” to keep them on the job.

The White House has threatened to veto the piecemeal appropriations bills that have been passed by the House, and the Senate has rejected them.

The FAA has absorbed the majority of the Department of Transportation's 18,000 furloughs during the shutdown because it is the largest subsidiary of the department.