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Updated: 4/26/2013 3:42 pm
(NBC News) The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Friday to give the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flexibility to defray spending cuts from its budget as part of the sequester, allowing the agency to restore furloughed air traffic controllers whose absences had spurred nationwide flight delays.

The House moved quickly late Friday morning to follow the lead of the Senate, which unanimously approved legislation late Thursday evening to give the secretary of transportation increased authority to transfer funds from its existing budget to restore furloughed air traffic controllers.

Congress is poised to pass a band-aid measure to deal with furloughed air traffic controllers. The Washington Post's Dana Milbank, National Journal's Ron Fournier and Senator Bill Nelson discuss.

The legislation heads to the White House next for President Barack Obama's signature. White House press secretary Jay Carney said at his press briefing on Friday that Obama would sign the legislation.

-- Brian Mooar, NBC News, reports

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