Congress tells Obama to stop FAA furloughs
Posted in the Keavy Forum
#1 Apr 28, 2013
The new bill orders the Transportation Department to cut $253 million from elsewhere in its budget and send the money to the FAA. The bill would also cancel a future move FAA had planned to close dozens of contract air traffic control towers.
Despite administration warnings of massive pain, the sequesters have been in effect nearly two months and the general public had not felt it — until the FAA furloughs.
Republicans on Capitol Hill accused Mr. Obama of making the furloughs as painful as possible as a political stunt. They said FAA could have focused the furloughs on employees who weren’t controllers, but instead applied them to all employees equally. They also argued FAA could have shifted the furloughs because some airports could handle the cuts better than others.
But the FAA chief told Congress this week he didn’t want to play favorites.
Friday marks the second time Congress has stepped in to undo a major part of the sequesters.
Last month it approved restoring money to keep federal meat-packing plant inspectors on the job. Without that, analysts had warned of beef, chicken and pork shortages.
Meanwhile, the administration continues to struggle with how to handle the sequesters. In February, the Homeland Security Department released thousands of immigrants from detention, blaming the sequesters — though officials later acknowledged that they’d been running over capacity anyway, and the sequesters weren’t to blame.
#2 Apr 29, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement after the House passed a bipartisan bill to transfer funds within the FAA budget to alleviate the need for furloughs of American air traffic controllers:
“The disruption to America’s air traffic system over the past week was a consequence of the administration’s choice to implement the president’s sequestration cuts in the most painful manner possible. It’s unacceptable that the FAA chose not to plan for sequestration or utilize the flexibility it already has. Americans were rightly fed up, and it’s unfortunate that the House and Senate were forced to step in and fix the problem when the President chose not to act.
“With this solution, Americans will no longer be burdened by President Obama’s flight delays and our economy will not take an unnecessary hit. This fix will prevent furloughs of air traffic controllers and do so without any new revenue and without adding to the debt. Just like we’ve done here in the House, the administration must learn how to do more with less. Sequestration is bad policy. That’s why the House voted twice to replace it with smarter cuts. But while it is here, the president has an obligation to implement these cuts in a way that respects the American people, rather than using them for political leverage.”
#3 Apr 29, 2013
The obama administration says that the FAA fix is "a band aid" on a large wound. At least someone stopped the bleeding and showed some concern. I bet obama went to bed every night hoping for an air disaster so he could parade the victims families out in protest of the sequester which he blams the GOP for.
Also, I haven't see anywhere that DHS has made any cuts in their ammo(2 billion rounds), fully automatic rifles(7,000), and armored personell carrier(2,700) purchases.
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