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A Republican senator it.
-- senator have the same question for the FAA if your budget is bigger wider these airplane delays getting longer.
Republicans -- of Iran and its democratic colleague Richard Blumenthal Connecticut.
Want to know if you are going to cut why are you cutting controllers and towers at the top of the list.
And not all the other stuff under your budget discretion at the bottom there in the middle of the less so.
Quickly garnered a lot of support for what he's going protect our skies -- 13 because sponsors not to shabby senator what.
What would you really -- want and now look.
We understand the sequestration cuts we question.
Why these cuts right.
I am absolutely mean no business person would make the choice to cut the things that affect their customers the most.
Why -- government make that decision unless there's some motivation.
To try to get the consequences to be as dramatic and difficult as.
Possible they say they don't know it sort of senator I'm sorry sir but they say they -- no interest I don't know it's only dudes on this because.
I've looked at the dissident and apparently they have pulled this -- and a budget that involves lots of items.
But they say that when it comes to these cuts are almost preordained.
And these were the cuts to which everyone agreed not I don't remember talking to -- your colleagues at the time interview with the that that's that sequestration would include automatically.
Air traffic controllers but they did -- Absolutely not there was no conversation about that incidentally there was no conversation as late as last Thursday in front of the Appropriations Subcommittee that I'm on in with.
The administrator of FAA who never said a word about that B every the furloughs -- we're going to be announced the next day.
So this is.
There is nothing that requires the administration to choose this particular cut and even if they were right concede that point.
We tried to give them that authority full flexibility.
-- not offered on your right item also got that senator units -- all right every these automatic cuts that can you Mr.
We'll have sole discretion on when you cut.
Absolutely -- that and the president issued a statement indicating a veto threat I tried to avoid that -- elimination of the air traffic control towers.
With an amendment that transferred fifteen million dollars from an -- balances.
Things that -- being spent mostly related to to research and I and these.
I finally got a hold of the secretary of transportation that I need your help I can't get enough a boat on this amendment despite its broad support among Republican Democrat senators.
And the secretary says I'd like to help yes but the administration opposes your amendment.
You're you're you're trying now that is -- to put a freeze on these furloughs for the time being.
Well two things there's two issues here one the administration wants to close a hundred and forty plus air traffic control towers which incidentally then sends more business to the places that we have control towers and air traffic controllers.
And then of course last week last Friday the administration announces the furlough up and and controllers people who actually work in those -- -- And so we're trying to really affect both things.
Trying to make certain that the that the control tower stay in place.
But -- -- that -- since the thing of the moment is to make certain that we don't have furloughs thirst two point seven billion dollars in the FAA's budget.
That is non personnel.
Why are we furlough in personnel when you have two point seven billion dollars.
Democrats say that Democrats say not all -- the darker resulting viewer or put a part of this cosponsored -- on your report.
They say that you knew this was coming in now you're feigning shock but he said.
No mean no first of all we're talking about a reduction in the increase in spending.
These are these reductions are manageable but they end in I don't mean to defend me personally but.
Many of us didn't vote for sequestration in the first place across the board cuts are not the way to do things as we -- by this administration -- was.
Suggesting they're doing across the board cuts but I will tell you that they -- the they cut to air traffic control towers.
Was a 75%.
Cut not a 5% sequestration got they're picking and choosing.
And that they claim they have no no ability to do that.
Very interest -- senator thank you we'll we'll track your progress are we appreciate it.
Thank you very much --
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