Obama administration: Cuts to cause flight delays
by Associated Press Wire
February 22, 2013 12:45 PM | 1051 views | 4 4 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is warning that automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 will result in travel delays at major airports and require traffic-disrupting shutdowns of air traffic control towers at smaller facilities.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the across the board reductions will require trimming $600 million this year form the Federal Aviation Administration. LaHood says that will require furloughing air traffic controllers, which in turn will reduce the ability to guide planes in and out of airports.

He says travelers could experience 90 minute delays or more in major cities.

President Barack Obama has called on Congress to replace the cuts with tax increases and targeted reductions. Congressional Republicans oppose raising more tax revenue.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Diamond Jim
February 22, 2013
Chicken Little Obama at his fear-mongering best. Memo to the President: We're on to you, Skippy. This crap does not work anymore. If you want to get problems solved, you'll have to stop campaigning (has no one told you the campaign is over, and you actually won?) and start governing. Flowery speeches are no substitute for real leadership, even if you do have the media on your side.
February 22, 2013
Obama and the democrats create a huge problem because they refuse to create a budget. Now he blames the republicans. Really? Raising taxes on the wealthy and stopping loopholes is great if you include cutting his spending. They are like a woman with a bad spending habit! Sad fools!
Kennesaw Resident
February 22, 2013
More fear mongering by the Obama Administration, when they signed on to these cuts. This is just a way to try to get more tax increases out of the American people.

Let sequestration begin!
February 22, 2013
Our government has chosen to make the cuts as painful as possible to the general public. Why hasn't the president and congress passed an executive order / legislation allow transfer authority. This would allow government agencies to transfer direct funds from say travel and conferences to salaries.

The answer is simple....politics.

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