Today the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that provides the Secretary of Transportation full authority to access funds to prevent the FAA furloughs and contract tower closures. The House took up the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013, less than 24 hours after the Senate passed the same measure.
"Much like the FAA's decision to close local control towers, the furloughs are a manufactured problem meant to inflict as much pain as possible on the American public so they oppose any efforts by Congress to control Washington's reckless spending habits," said Hudson. "I don't understand why the Obama Administration has been allowed to get away with playing political games with the sequester--it's about prioritizing spending, that's it. There is no reason to allow sequestration to cripple our economy when the solution to the pain we are feeling is quite simple."
Under this legislation, the FAA gains authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts that are flush into other programs to prevent staff furloughs and reduced operations through the end of the fiscal year. In addition tofurlough prevention, the available funds should also prevent the closure of local airport control towers.