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The House of Representatives recessed for its summer vacation without addressing the Federal Aviation Administration shutdown that has put an Albany construction project on hold.

The government has lost $30 million a day in airline taxes since Congress failed to continue funding the FAA last month.

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport can't award a bid for its new terminal because construction projects are on hold. All they can do is get things in place for when the FAA returns.

"I'm hoping to go to the city and aviation commissions and ask for conditional approval to accept whatever I can get, whenever Congress finally gets the FAA back to work so at least we'll be ready to accept something," said Yvette Aehle, Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Director.

If no action is taken before the House returns from vacation on September 7th, nearly 75,000 people will go without work for another five weeks and the FAA will lose approximately $1 billion in revenue.

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