Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today voted in favor of a measure that will undo furloughs of air traffic controllers through the end of the fiscal year. The bill, HR 1765, permits the FAA to transfer $253 million in FY2013 to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill does not add funding but merely shifts funds from low priority spending to high priority spending.
“There is no reason why a less than 5% cut should have resulted in 40% of all flights being delayed. Inaction by the administration has forced Congress in a bi-partisan effort to do the work the White House refuses to do,” said Representative LaMalfa. “The FAA’s poorly managed sequestration cuts exemplify the Obama Administration’s objective to ‘maximize the pain’ of his sequester cuts for political gain. Instead of cutting wasteful government spending, the cuts show a far-reaching contempt for the American public. Families, business, and individuals across the country plan every day to manage their finances in a responsible and smart method, why can’t government?”
“I do not think it is unreasonable to ask the FAA, whose budget more than doubled in the last decade, to reduce find other ways to reduce its $15.8 million budget by approximately five percent,” continued LaMalfa. “This legislation takes the necessary steps to alleviate the impact felt by the American people from the cuts and finds sensible savings.”
HR 1765 passed the House 361-41.