Weekend in politics: House expected to pass air traffic bill, and more

Phil Pruitt

The House on Friday is expected to pass a measure approved late Thursday by the Senate that would end air traffic controller furloughs that were causing widespread airline flight delays. The furloughs were triggered by last month's automatic federal spending cuts.

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The Senate unanimously passed the legislation, which gives the Department of Transportation flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.

President Barack Obama on Friday meets with Jordan King Abdullah II at the White House, and topics are expected to include the crisis in Syria.

Obama will deliver remarks at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America National Conference on Friday. He canceled a planned keynote address at the organization's gala dinner Thursday in order to spend more time with the injured and the family and friends of the 14 people killed in an April 17 West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion.

Obama's Friday schedule also includes a meeting with U.S. business leaders with a significant presence in Mexico and Central America ahead of his trip to the region next week.

Also worth noting on Friday: Secretary of State John Kerry holds closed briefing for House members on the situation in Syria, following the disclosure at a briefing for Senate members Thursday that the United States was aware of two instances of chemical weapons (sarin) being used in Syria.

And then there is this: The 2013 White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner is Saturday. This year it will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. President Obama will attend and, by tradition, will poke fun at himself in a light-hearted sketch during the event.

Sources: Yahoo! News Politics, ABC News, Reuters and Associated Press.