Congress Passes Bill To Help Offset FAA Furloughs

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
April 26, 2013

Listen to Report

Article image
U.S. Senator Bob Menedez

Air travelers worried about flight delays can breathe a sigh of relief…Congress has passed a bill to reduce the delays and help get travelers to their destinations on time.

The Reducing Flight Delays act of 2013 will shift $253 million from airport improvement funds to help offset the FAA furloughs. The region’s airports have been clogged with travelers since the furloughs went into effect as a result of sequestration. Senator Bob Menendez says he is thrilled that the bill was passed but warns that problems will continue to arise until congress addresses sequestration as a whole.

“This time it was about our air traffic system but it’s also about children and education and those who won’t be getting into head start as a result of across the board cuts it’ll be about some of our health initiatives in which citizens won’t have access to, it’ll be about immunizations, it’ll be about a whole host of things that we care about.”

Menedez says there will not always be a pot of money available to address each issue that pops up as a result of the across the board cuts.


Get the Rundown from WBGO News

A weekly email from WBGO News with a preview of what's coming up and a taste of what you might have missed.