Hey, House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster:
Have you been listening to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s threats to sabotage air travel should the “devastating” (yet tiny) sequester cuts occur?
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood may be getting ready to leave office, but he is leaving a parting message on the way out at the request of the White House. LaHood said, “Travelers should expect delays of up to 90 minutes at peak airports during sequester, beginning April 1. It’s going to be very painful for the flying public.”
If the sequester takes place, budget cuts will hit the Federal Aviation Administration to the tune of $600 million. LaHood said he was not describing a worst case scenario intended to cause people to fear and place pressure on Republican lawmakers. But then he said, “What I’m trying to do is wake up members of the Congress with the idea that they need to come to the table so we don’t have to have this kind of calamity in air services in America.”
…According to Lahood, the result of the sequester would be the furloughing of many air traffic controllers and closing over 100 air traffic control towers…