Today, Congressman Albio Sires joined his colleagues in passing legislation by a vote of 361 to 41 that will make available up to $253 million in order to prevent additional furloughs of air traffic controllers. Earlier this year, devastating across-the-board cuts from the so-called budget sequestration were triggered as a result of House Republicans' unwillingness to negotiate over a government spending package.
If signed into law, the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will give the Department of Transportation the authority to transfer unobligated funds from the Airport Improvement Program account to the Federal Aviation Administration Operations account. This action would end crippling air traffic control furloughs that are slowing passenger travel, reducing safety at our airports, and causing economic disruption to our still recovering economy.
"I am pleased that Congress acted quickly, in a bipartisan manner, to solve this pressing issue," said Congressman Sires. "While I would prefer an all-encompassing approach to solving the $85 billion budget sequestration, which has made harmful cuts to many vital government programs, I also believe we must seize this opportunity to increase the safety and efficiency of our air transportation system."