In a major victory for Colorado and the nation's air travelers, both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan deal I led with Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), to provide the Secretary of Transportation the flexibility to avoid further furloughs of essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration. The indiscriminate, automatic budget cuts of sequestration not only threatened the convenience of the traveling public, but also created an unacceptable and avoidable drag on our resurgent economy. We need to reduce the federal budget deficit and cut federal spending, but we should not allow the blunt cuts of sequestration to cripple travel, tourism, business and commerce -- all critical parts of our ongoing economic recovery. President Obama signed the bill into law May 1, 2013.