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Congress Allows FAA to Shift Funds to Avoid Furloughs

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WASHINGTON DC_The decision from Washington to end the flight delays has caused some controversy. The FAA's sequester budget cuts forced 10 percent of air traffic controllers to take unpaid days off.

Nearly a thousand flights were delayed every day since Sunday. As complaints from flyers grew, Congress took action passing legislation to allow the FAA to shift funds to avoid furloughing air traffic controllers.  

The measure to end furloughs of air traffic controllers was passed just before Congress headed out of town for a recess and, presumably, to the airport themselves.

The FAA can move money to put controllers back in the towers, but other government agencies, such as food safety inspectors, hit by sequestration cannot yet do the same.
 
More than likely this is just the tip of the iceberg of complaints about sequestration cuts that haven't had funds shifted their way. 

 

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