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Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ANDREWS. Mr. Speaker, we're here this morning because Americans are understandably upset at sitting and waiting at airport gates. But there are other Americans who are sitting and waiting.

There are moms sitting and waiting at home to enroll their children in Head Start; after this bill, they'll still be waiting.

There are pilots in our Air Force and Navy sitting and waiting to fly their training missions. One-third of our planes are grounded. After this bill, they'll still be sitting and they'll still be waiting.

There are senior citizens who need to go to chemotherapy at outpatient clinics around this country, but because of the cutbacks of sequestration, their doctors aren't seeing them. After this bill, they'll still be sitting; they'll still be waiting.

This Congress has done too much sitting and too much waiting when it comes to sequestration. The Senate has passed a budget that ends sequestration. There's an opportunity to sit at a conference, negotiate and pass that budget.

Instead of sitting and waiting, let's start working and negotiating and pass the Senate budget.


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