Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, issued the following statement regarding the FAA's implementation of sequester cuts:
"The FAA has clearly decided to follow the administration's axiom of never wasting a crisis. They had an entire year and a half to figure out a responsible and effective plan to run their department--but instead they sat on the sideline. Just look at the math: The new FAA union contract reached in 2009 costs taxpayers over $600 million more than extending the previous work rules. That's enough money to cover the entire cost of the sequester. However, instead of making smart choices that continue to provide the services the American people deserve, the FAA decided to furlough air traffic controllers at the same rate as non-controllers.
"The lesson here isn't that we shouldn't cut government. It's that big government has led to these agencies being so poorly managed that they can't absorb a revenue loss of 5 percent, something that businesses have to do all the time."
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