The man is simply incompetent at his job. Last week he broght a bill to a vote before he had the votes, and he lost, which is embarrassing for any Speaker. Now, he can't even keep vital services running: FAA faces partial shutdown The Federal Aviation Administration faced a partial shutdown Saturday morning as Congress adjourned Friday without approving a routine stop-gap funding measure amid partisan acrimony. More than 4,000 FAA workers, 1,000 of them in the Washington region, and tens of thousands of airport construction workers under FAA contract faced immediate furlough. The nations air travel system will not be affected, with air traffic controllers remaining on the job and airline operations continuing as normal.