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Lance: Bipartisan Bill Ends Furlough of Air Traffic Controllers

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today voted for bipartisan legislation that would benefit the Nation's air travelers by ending furloughs of air traffic controllers. The House approved the measure 361-41.

Specifically the legislation grants the Secretary of Transportation flexibility to achieve savings from the sequester and therefore avoid the rolling furloughs of nearly 15,000 air traffic controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"I am pleased Congress worked together in a bipartisan capacity to end furloughs of air traffic controllers and ensure continuing airport operations for our Nation's travelers," said Lance. "Like many Americans I am disappointed that the FAA leadership failed to use its flexibility to manage sequestration responsibly, choosing instead to abdicate its responsibility to Congress."

For his part, the Seventh District lawmaker has voted twice to replace the budget sequester with a common sense plan to reduce federal spending. Lance noted he remains committed to working toward a full replacement for the sequester that ensures our national security, fulfills our commitment to reducing spending and moves our country in a more fiscally responsible direction.

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