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Ryan: politics caused air traffic control delays

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The air traffic control tower is shown at the Ramona Airport in Ramona, California March 12, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The air traffic control tower is shown at the Ramona Airport in Ramona, California March 12, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake

UNDATED (WRN)   Air travel across the US was hit be delays last week, after air traffic controllers were furloughed under federal budget cuts from the sequester. However, one Wisconsin Congressman argues the move was unnecessary.

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) says the FAA had the flexibility to avoid the furloughs, but made a political decision to short-staff air traffic control towers nationwide. Ryan says the agency has money left over from last year’s appropriation that far exceeds the savings from furloughing workers.

 

The Janesville Republican says emergency legislation passed by Congress should prevent staff from being cut again by allowing the FAA to redirect existing funds to deal with staffing issues. He says it will allow the agency to cut other accounts to prevent furloughs and shutting down towers at local regional airports across the country.Ryan says all of the across-the-board spending cuts under the sequester are supposed to target non-essential areas, but often do not because of politics.

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