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Transcript of FAA PRESENTATION
WASHINGTON -- The failure of Congress to authorize a budget for the Federal Aviation Administration has put some 4,000 agency employees and tens of thousands of contractors temporarily out of work. But even some FAA workers who haven't been furloughed find themselves in a peculiar financial jam.
Roughly 40 FAA inspectors have been asked to continue working despite the stoppage because their jobs are important for air safety. Yet since Congress hasn't allocated money to the agency, these employees have to cover their own travel expenses until the shutdown is resolved. Although their wages and expenses will eventually be recouped, these workers will end up covering work-related credit charges -- and possibly interest -- until funding is freed up.
The inspectors are among the thousands who will suffer the real consequences of congressional deadlock.
"It's incredibly unfair," FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. "We can neither pay them nor compensate them" for their expenses until the shutdown ends. Strategies include encouraging union workers to take the same furlough day to increase congestion. "I am disgusted with everything that I see since the sequester took place," another FAA employee wrote. "Whether in HQ or at the field level it is clear that our management has no intention of managing anything. The only effort that I see is geared towards generating fear and demonstrating failure." Just so. The story was first reported by ABC News.
In rare bipartisan accord, normally quarrelsome U.S. lawmakers passed the measure Friday, capping a major congressional initiative as delays snarled traffic at airports.
The measure gives the Transportation Department budget planners new flexibility for dealing with forced spending cuts.
It also allows authorities to protect 149 control towers at small- and medium-sized airports that are slated for closure for budgetary reasons. Washington (CNN) -- A typo kept President Barack Obama from signing legislation designed to end budget-related FAA air traffic controller furloughs blamed for widespread flight delays, a congressional source told CNN.
But the fix is going into effect anyway, and the system will be back to normal by Sunday, the FAA said.
The holdup was caused by an "s" missing from uses of the word "accounts." The bill gives the FAA permission to move money from other accounts to prevent having to furlough controllers. But the way the Senate version of the bill read would have limited the source of funds to an "account."
The House fixed the typo in the version it passed Friday, and the Senate plans to fix it Tuesday, a senior House GOP aide told CNN. The FAA "is not impacted," the source said.
The impact of forced budget cuts The FAA issued a statement Saturday, saying that it had suspended all employee furloughs and that "the system will resume normal operations by Sunday evening." That had zero impact on FAA bosses, who were on Capitol Hill rationalizing their dereliction. But after Mr. Coburn published his letter on his website, FAA regional employees wrote to blow the whistle on their bosses. As one email put it, "the FAA management has stated in meetings that they need to make the furloughs as hard as possible for the public so that they understand how serious it is." Weatherby, who normally works at the William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, said the irony isn't lost on him that congressional leaders might take flights home for recess without passing an FAA bill.
"All I hear is jobs, jobs, jobs out of Washington, and here they are to put us out of work," said Weatherby, who works on cybersecurity issues. President Obama called the impasse "another Washington-inflicted wound on America," and on the Senate floor, Boxer said the Republican maneuvers amounted to "hostage taking." "The only option that we have is the House bill that a lot of senators don't like," LaHood said, arguing that too many jobs were on the line. "We are smack dab in the middle of the construction season. We ... have heard many, many grandiose speeches by members of Congress about creating jobs and putting people to work. This is not the way to put people to work." "They were clearly prepared to let America default for the first time in history on its debts unless they got their way," Hoyer,the House Majority Whip said.
"They were prepared to leave Washington ... with almost 4,000 federal employees out on the street."As a result, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was "confronted with a terrible decision" of either passing the GOP bill or not reauthorizing the FAA even superman cannot help them maybe he can do some thing?