Congressman Patrick Meehan (PA-07), member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013:
"After a week of flight delays disrupting the air travel of thousands of Americans, today Congress took action forcing an end to the unnecessary and politically motivated FAA furloughs.
"All along, the FAA has had the authority to responsibly implement the sequester and the time to plan for it. It did neither. Instead, the FAA chose to make a political statement that caused massive flights delays and a lot of frustrated Americans. The FAA spends millions each year on conferences, supplies and consultants -- finding a 5 percent savings in the budget doesn't have to result in furloughs and major flight delays. Now, without spending additional money, this bill allows FAA all the flexibility it says it needs to ensure necessary staffing, and it also gives the FAA the ability to keep necessary control towers manned.
"Our government agencies should be making smart decisions based on our priorities, and today the House voted to ensure the FAA does just that."