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Objecting to Toomey plan, Sen. Dick Durbin, D Ill., suggested the administration tap the Overseas Contingency Fund to offset the cuts to the FAA and cancel the furloughs.
The FAA on Sunday began furloughs for 47,000 employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers. The cutback in staff has resulted in major flight delays across airports. FAA workers are being furloughed one day every two weeks.
Toomey said a bill he had co sponsored earlier this year would have given the president the flexibility to seek savings anywhere in the government not just the FAA.
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Toomey supported other solutions offered by GOP colleagues, including treating federal workers during sequestration as they are treated during emergency measures designating essential workers.
Toomey said the Administration would have been able to tap lowest priority, wasteful and redundant programs, including 94 green building programs, 679 renewable energy programs and 47 job training programs.
are kinds of trade offs we ought to be making, Toomey said.
are required in the sequestration so we don have to do it in a disruptive way. on the Senate floor during the sequestration budget cuts and furlough debate, Toomey noted that the FAA spends $540 million dollars on consultants.
FAA officials say they cut $637 million from the agency's budget before the end of September. The agency's operations account about 70 percent is earmarked for salaries.
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Sen. Pat Toomey, shown here at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in Prada Nylon Wallet Camp Hill, on Wednesday suggested ways FAA cuts and furloughs could be offset. Pat Toomey on Wednesday offered a handful of suggestions of areas where the Administration could tighten its belt to offset sequestration cuts that have forced the Federal Aviation Administration to furlough workers. The staffing cutback has caused major airport delays across the country since Sunday.
10 days. We should avoid that if not for convenience for safety. accused the administration of choosing to make cuts in the most disruptive way because they have so much invested in this idea that we can cut any spending and because they predicted such dire consequences and such disaster that they can very well allow reasonable and manageable cuts to take place.
The OCF is designated in the Department of Defense budget for money used to fund the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
I think would make a lot of sense, Toomey said.
not sure all of that is as important as keeping planes flying in the air. also noted that the FAA operates a fleet of 46 aircrafts at a cost of $143 million a year. nice indeed, he said. not as important as making sure planes are coming in from LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and across the country. of dollars in grants for airport improvement, Toomey said, were likely not as important as staffing air traffic controllers.
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