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"We can get this done," Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, said Monday of efforts to resolve the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. But Republicans later blocked a bipartisan plan to settle the funding issue, making a standoff a possibility until September. (Associated Press)

"We can get this done," Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, West Virginia Democrat, said Monday of efforts to resolve the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. But Republicans later blocked a bipartisan plan to settle the funding issue, making a standoff a possibility until September. (Associated Press)

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