Senate Trying to Fix Airport Budget Cut Debacle
Obama administration says it's open to 'Band-Aid measure'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
This April 22, 2013 file photo shows travelers standing in line at the LAX International Airport in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

(Newser) – Some Senate Democrats broke rank yesterday and started working on legislation that would provide a quick fix to the rampant flight delays the sequester budget cuts have inflicted on travelers. Right now, the FAA is applying the across-the-board cuts, well, across-the-board, furloughing air traffic controllers at busy and remote airports at an equal rate, the Wall Street Journal explains. Some Republicans accused the White House of deliberately gumming up the works, the LA Times reports; Susan Collins called it a "manufactured crisis."

One bipartisan bill introduced yesterday would let the FAA administer the cuts more strategically, while Kirsten Gillibrand proposed undoing the cuts entirely and eliminating the corporate jet tax break to pay for it. Harry Reid and President Obama want to push to repeal all the sequester cuts instead, but the White House yesterday said it was "open to looking" at an FAA-specific fix, the AP reports. "But that would be a Band-Aid measure," Jay Carney cautioned.

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cornelison
Apr 25, 2013 7:22 PM CDT
You see how this works? When people in power are affected negatively they pass a law. When you're suffering, they pretend not to hear you. They're on their way to lunch with a lobbyist.
UMTigerFan
Apr 25, 2013 4:42 PM CDT
Democrat Math: Cut 2% from the expected increase in the budget, and translate it into a 10% reduction in service levels. But Obama still spends $180,000 an hour to travel on AF1 to golf and attend fund raising events that he won't even reimburse the municipalities for their increased services (Police, etc).
milo7453
Apr 25, 2013 2:03 PM CDT
a "manufactured crisis." =================== Everybody and their mama knows it is!