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.