U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) and Joe Garcia (FL-26) released the following statement about the vote to allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prevent staffing shortages that have caused delays in the aviation system:
"Although this vote will temporarily minimize flight delays and stop air traffic controllers from being furloughed, we cannot continue this piecemeal approach to fixing the damaging effects caused from sequester cuts.
"Americans across the country are still feeling the effects of these indiscriminate, across-the-board cuts. There will be fewer meals in our South Florida districts for more than 1,000 seniors in need. Children across the country are being forced out of Head Start, and funding has been cut for medical research to develop cures for cancers and diseases. The long-term unemployed in America are going to see their unemployment benefits reduced yet again, when they can least afford it.
"These cuts are harming our economy when we should be investing in ways to boost growth, not stifle it. We must come together to replace the sequester with a balanced approach that will create jobs, grow our economy, and strengthen the middle class, all while reducing our deficit."