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Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of legislation we will consider today that will provide the Secretary of Transportation with the flexibility to transfer funds to prevent reduced operations and staffing of the Federal Aviation Administration. It has now been almost two months since the sequestration cuts were enacted, and we are in new and unprecedented territory. This week alone, approximately 2,800 flights were delayed daily because of the Republican majority's refusal to address the effects of the sequester sensibly.

This bill would allow the Department of Transportation to shift $253 million in funds to the FAA's operations account to prevent the worst of these drastic cuts. This is simply a safety issue for the millions of passengers who travel our skies. Over the past five days, we have seen our national airspace system seriously compromised by the furloughs of air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals. In addition to the very serious safety concerns, the inconvenience of passengers, and the loss of wages to these federal workers, these delays have slowed commerce at a time when we should be doing everything we can to nurture our domestic economy.

Mr. Speaker, it is my hope that now that the actual effects of sequestration are painfully clear, Republican Members of Congress will come back to the table, and we can work on a bipartisan, common sense approach to ending sequestration.


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