27 Apr '13, 12am

Sorry, Kids, Congress Thinks Plane Passengers are More Important

Sorry, Kids, Congress Thinks Plane Passengers are More Important

With impressive speed, Congress approved a bill on Friday to ensure sufficient funding to keep the nation’s airplanes flying. By a vote of 361 to 41, the House passed legislation approved not quite 24 hours before by the Senate, to allow the Secretary of Transportation to move as much as $253 million from other parts of the Transportation Department to the Federal Aviation Administration. The additional funds will keep the U.S.’s air traffic control system operating at a normal pace until September 30, when the current fiscal year ends. Cuts to the FAA had occurred due to “sequestration,” the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that went into effect March 1 when Congress proved unable to reach a budget deal in 2011. “Sequestration” is an unwieldy word and, despite repeated mention of “looming cuts” due to it, Congress has remained in limbo about creating a budget deal. It...

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