House Passes Reducing Flight Delays Act, Ending Furloughs

The House has passed the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 in a vote of 361-41. It now goes to President Obama’s desk for expected signature.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, passed with unanimous consent in the Senate. The bill gives the FAA flexibility with funds to stop the furloughs of air traffic controllers by using up to $253 million from the Airport Improvement Program.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to the passage saying, “It will be good news for America’s traveling public if Congress spares them these unnecessary delays. But ultimately, this is no more than a temporary Band-Aid that fails to address the overarching threat to our economy posed by the sequester’s mindless, across-the-board cuts.”

Congress is on recess next week, causing speculation that the bill’s passage was fast-tracked to both spare congressmen the combined pain of airport delays and facing angry constituents at home.

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  • chinatraderjmr at 10:16am April 26, 2013

    Congreve is on holiday next week? The only reason they acted so fast was so THEY didn’t have to deal w being delayed themselves. Congress & the Senate should be ashamed of themselves. If it does not make them richer personally or help get them re elected they could not be bothered.

  • mh3265a at 11:36am April 26, 2013

    Congress’s actions are unfortunate. They have NOT addressed the larger issue of sequestration. The unions, airlines and other interest groups are all to blame. They should have all worked together to address the larger issue but, alas, they have not. Moreover, this problem will still occur next year if we don’t end sequestration once and for all.

  • Indelaware at 9:45pm April 26, 2013

    Sure we frequent fliers don’t want delays, but to not to fix sequestration as a whole indicates only the Congress (or at least the House) will cave to demands of corporate america when airline profits and corporate travel is impacted but doesn’t care about the people that this stupid law really effects.

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