White House, Congress to Allocate Funds to FAA After Sequester Cuts

Well that didn't last long. After the Federal Aviation Association reported that the automatic budget cuts related to the sequester forced them to furlough air traffic controllers, the house has voted to de-sequester the sequester.

The FAA has had to cope with $637 million worth of cuts. The closure of 149 air-traffic control towers across the U.S. had already delayed thousands of flights a day. Said FAA administrator Michael Huerta, "We refuse to sacrifice safety even if it means less efficient operations."

On Thursday night the House passed a measure to stop these furloughs and sent it to on to President Obama for a signature The Senate also voted yesterday to give the Department of Transportation the ability to transfer $250 million to the FAA. Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said that Obama will sign the bill.

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