Senate Trying to Fix Airport Budget Cut Debacle

Obama administration says it's open to 'Band-Aid measure'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 25, 2013 11:09 AM CDT

(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.

This April 22, 2013 file photo shows travelers standing in line at the LAX International Airport in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
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The public's going to be furious when they find out that this could have been prevented. - Dan Coats, R-Ind., who's backing the bipartisan bill to let the FAA apply budget cuts more strategically

It is better to do a big deal. But as we work toward it, we have to admit that some things are very problematic - Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who is co-sponsoring legislation to let the FAA more judiciously apply the cuts

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