Congressional leaders struck a deal on Thursday to resolve a partisan dispute and end a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has halted airport projects and threatened thousands of jobs.

The standoff, which began on July 22, has centered on partisan differences over full funding of the agency through the middle of next month.

Because of the disruption, certain airline ticket taxes were not collected, leaving a huge hole in government revenues for aviation programs.

"I am pleased to announce that we have been able to broker a bipartisan compromise between the House and the Senate," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement.

Reid said the compromise did not resolve key differences that held up the stopgap funding legislation, leaving contentious issues until lawmakers return from recess in early September.

Congress adjourned earlier this week for its August recess but Democratic aides said the Senate will finalize the deal on Friday by approving a version of the spending measure already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Senate will use a procedure that does not require lawmakers to return for a vote.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called the deal a "tremendous victory" for workers.

The nearly two-week shutdown affected some 70,000 jobs related to airport construction and nearly 4,000 FAA positions that were placed on furlough, government officials said.

The compromise came after President Barack Obama stepped up pressure on lawmakers already bruised by weeks of partisan wrangling over legislation to raise the U.S. debt limit.