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U.S. Senate approves bill to end air traffic controller furloughs
Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 Apr13 | Richard Cowan and Doug Palmer

Posted on 04/25/2013 6:05:10 PM PDT by SkyPilot

Edited on 04/25/2013 6:18:55 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday approved legislation to provide enough funding for federal air traffic controllers through Sept. 30 to end furloughs that have brought widespread airline delays. Several Senate aides said an agreement had been reached on a bill giving the Department of Transportation new flexibility to use unspent funds to cover the costs of air traffic controllers and other essential employees at the Federal Aviation Administration.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airtrafficcontroller; blackmail; budget; faa; furlough; kenyanbornmuzzie; republicans; sequester; sequesterpunishes; sequestration; wusses

The Senate told the US military, on the other hand, to go to hell. Furloughs still stand at 14 days for DoD civilians.

1 posted on 04/25/2013 6:05:10 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

the bathroom


2 posted on 04/25/2013 6:08:06 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SkyPilot

Obama will enjoy cutting our military, law enforcement, and other legitimate functions of the government. It looks like he won by making air travel artificially inconvenient under the sequester reduction in spending increases. I would guess that few other areas of the cuts will be noticed by decent people.


3 posted on 04/25/2013 6:09:51 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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Interesting that 1 in 5 families in American can demand Food Stamps, and we give it away hand over fist. Even Chechen terrorists can have all the EBTs they want.

But we can't make payroll for these Americans?

Good for flying public and the air traffic controllers, but this nation's "leadership" (both Presidential and Congressional) is a joke.

4 posted on 04/25/2013 6:10:01 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

They could just take the $500m from DOT marked for ‘Sustainable Development Education’.
What a bunch of morons we have working for us.


5 posted on 04/25/2013 6:10:30 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: SkyPilot

Eighty-five billion is about three weeks of money the fed’s spend. You meant to tell me that out of a budget of 3,700 billion that eight-five billion could effect our nation on all levels as it has? How moronic do the politicians think we are????


6 posted on 04/25/2013 6:10:51 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer
63% of all spending is Entitlements, and they are exempt from Sequestration, including Medicaid, ObamaCare, Food Stamps, etc.

So, 37% of mandatory spending must take 100% of the cuts. For the military, it is 17% of the budget but must take 50% of all spending. Some monies are fenced off from cuts (military pay for example), so that complicates the issue.

I am guessing nurses that work on military hospitals, research scientists, and law enforcement won't be having an infusion of cash from the Senate, unless there is a public outcry like there was for Air Traffic Control.

7 posted on 04/25/2013 6:15:09 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Pollster1
"Obama will enjoy cutting our military, law enforcement, and other legitimate functions of the government. It looks like he won by making air travel artificially inconvenient under the sequester reduction in spending increases. I would guess that few other areas of the cuts will be noticed by decent people."

Yes it does; this reads like additional funding rather than reprogramming existing funds from lower priority accounts.

8 posted on 04/25/2013 6:15:53 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: SkyPilot

I’m just thinking it’s all a political scam. Some how, some way, .......... just thinking.


9 posted on 04/25/2013 6:16:23 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyPilot

“Any attempts to reduce government spending will be met with swift retaliation against the American people.” If we’re allowed to quote the thoughts in 0bama’s head, I believe this is accurate.


10 posted on 04/25/2013 6:18:18 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: SkyDancer

You would be right. but it’s the WHOLE political system that is a scam. And we are the ones taking it in the ass.


11 posted on 04/25/2013 6:19:46 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: SkyDancer
There are games being played, but when Sequester kicked in halfway through a fiscal year, it was bound to be a disaster sooner or later.

Another article said the Senate acknowledged that 750,000 jobs could be lost by next January due to the cuts, and that does not include the ripple effect on businesses affected such those near military bases, etc.

What does Congress care? They don't get a pay cut. Obama took a 5% pay cut to show "solidarity" but that is a joke. We spend billions so he and Moochelle can live like royalty.

12 posted on 04/25/2013 6:19:50 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: bigheadfred

Meanwhile, the US gummint is sending BILLIONS of dollars to Moslem terrorist states, like Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Iraq, the rebels in Syria, etc.


13 posted on 04/25/2013 6:24:50 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: SkyDancer; SkyPilot
oh look at the nice pic i took from the peanut gallery of congress in session


14 posted on 04/25/2013 6:25:12 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred
Very nice!

I have to watch that on DVD - it is buried behind my Gladiator, Braveheart, and Silent Running DVDs.

15 posted on 04/25/2013 6:27:35 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

They have money to burn as it is. “if you look at the Dept of Transportation’s website, one of the top stories recently was to announce a nearly $500 million grant program that will be focused on “making communities more livable and sustainable,” according to Chicks on the Right.


16 posted on 04/25/2013 6:27:38 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: Westbrook

but you make a harder target to hit if you get to move around will o wisp


17 posted on 04/25/2013 6:28:23 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SkyPilot
This is so unnecessary! The FAA budget has expanded by 50%.
Bonehead can't even outmanuever Obama's draconian tactics. What a shame.
18 posted on 04/25/2013 6:29:11 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: SkyPilot

Good first step. Now furlough the entire staff at the EPA. They’re worthless baggage anyway, doing more harm than good. Then the department of no energy! Then the department of godless socialist education and indoctrination! Then the department of socialist labor unions! Then the department of no agriculture! Then HUD, welfare, foodstamps, freddie and fannie and the Fed, etc, etc, etc!! If any of these unconstitutional federal functions are really useful and necessary to the people, let the states and local governments handle them per the U.S. Constitution!! Despite the claims of the socialist statists, the constitution clearly establishes limits and restrictions on the federal government!!


19 posted on 04/25/2013 6:30:08 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SkyPilot

im not going to watch those movies until i star in them


20 posted on 04/25/2013 6:30:52 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SkyPilot

By the way, the states should handle traffic control, too, unless the constitution has been amended!


21 posted on 04/25/2013 6:31:41 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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22 posted on 04/25/2013 6:36:52 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Jim Robinson

no no furloughs because even if we didnt kilt them before they multiplied it isnt too late for that cause we can cause it to happen if we make it our soul cause...life, liberty, and pursit with a steamroller..


23 posted on 04/25/2013 6:36:56 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

Accidentally left off an important word: PERMANENTLY furlough them. And for God’s sake, shutter the damned incompetent jackbooted fascist DHS before anymore innocent citizens are blown up!!


24 posted on 04/25/2013 6:40:59 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Well I’ll give you a pass then for merely omitting that one word. Because, IMO, chopping snakes off the Medusa federal government blowcrockracy isn’t only good for the country, it gives ME a warm fuzzy feeling.


25 posted on 04/25/2013 6:46:41 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SkyPilot
U.S. Senate approves bill to end air traffic controller furloughs

More proof that the "sequester" is zero's way of punishing taxpayers with the most irritating and annoying "cuts".

But, as soon as the cuts affect the political elites, money is available.

26 posted on 04/25/2013 6:59:50 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for anti-American criminals!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Good first step. Now furlough the entire staff at the EPA

The EPA are funding money to reduce their furloughs to something like 9 or 10 days. You're right, if we got rid of them completely the economy would probably take off like crazy.

Eric "Gunrunner" Holder was given Billions in "re-programmed" funds yesterday, so that no one at Holder's "Just Us" Dept is furloughed a single day - and that was after Holder and Rep Wolf got into a shouting match on camera. Perhaps the other agency heads that come to testify should act like spoiled brats and they will be showered with Billions in re-programmed funds as well.

The HUD/Food Stamp crowd are doing great - I don't think they will have any furloughs at all.

The military, ahhh, that's a different story.

In sequestration, president and Congress undermining military

27 posted on 04/25/2013 7:29:02 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

This bill was totally unecessary. THERE IS ENOUGH FUNDING FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. All it takes is PRIORITIZING.

Here’s what the Wall Street Journal observes:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323735604578440981119902460.html

Ponder this logic, if that’s the right word: The sequester cuts about $637 million from the FAA, which is less than 4% of its $15.9 billion 2012 budget, and it limits the agency to what it spent in 2010. The White House decided to translate this 4% cut that it has the legal discretion to avoid into a 10% cut for air traffic controllers. Though controllers will be furloughed for one of every 10 working days, four of every 10 flights won’t arrive on time.

The White House claims the sequester applies to the budget category known as “projects, programs and activities” and thus it lacks flexibility. Not so: This is a political pose to make the sequester more disruptive. Legally speaking, the sequester applies at a more general level known as “accounts.” The air traffic account includes 15,000 controllers out of 31,000 employees. The White House could keep the controllers on duty simply by allocating more furlough days to these other non-essential workers.

Instead, the FAA is even imposing the controller furlough on every airport equally, not prioritizing among the largest and busiest airports. San Francisco’s Napa Valley airport with no commercial service will absorb the same proportion of the cuts as the central New York radar terminal, which covers La Guardia, JFK and Newark International, as well as MacArthur, Teterboro, New Haven, Republic and other regional fields.


28 posted on 04/25/2013 7:51:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SkyPilot

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29 posted on 04/25/2013 8:00:20 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

The affected aircraft and units, by airframe:

F-22
94th Fighter Squadron — Grounded April 9

27th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through September

3rd Fighter Wing — Two squadrons combat mission ready through September

15th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

49th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

F-15 C/D
67th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through September

44th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through July, then Combat mission ready through September

48th Fighter Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

F-15E
366th Fighter Squadron — Grounded April 9

335th Fighter Squadron — Combat mission ready through September

48th Fighter Wing — Two squadrons stand down April 9

391st Fighter Squadron — Stands down April 9

F-16 C/D
8th Fighter Wing — Two squadrons combat mission ready through September

77th Fighter Squadron — Stands down April 9

55th Fighter Squadron — Combat mission ready through September

79th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through July, then combat mission ready through September

555th Fighter Squadron — Stands down April 9

510th Fighter Squadron — Combat mission ready through September

13th Fighter Squadron — Combat mission ready through September

14th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through September

51st Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

57th Wing — One squadron (Thunderbirds) stands down April 9

158th Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9

169th Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9

187th Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9

354th Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9

4th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable until redeployment

421st Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through September

A-10C
75th Fighter Squadron — Basic mission capable through July, then combat mission ready through September

51st Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

52nd Fighter Wing — Closing

442nd Fighter Wing — One squadron stands down April 9

917th Wing — One squadron stands down April 9

HH-60G
18th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

48th Fighter Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

B-1B
7th Bomb Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

28th Bomb Wing — Two squadrons stand down April 9

B-2
509th Bomb Wing — Two squadrons combat mission ready through September

B-52
2nd Bomb Wing — One squadron stand down April 9

5th Bomb Wing — Two combat squadrons combat mission ready through September

E-3B/C/G
3rd Bomb Wing — Basic mission capable through September

18th Wing — One squadron basic mission capable through September

552nd Air Control Wing — One squadron basic mission capable through September

SE-4B
55th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

EC-130H
55 Electronic Combat Group — One squadron combat mission ready through September

OC-135B
55th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

RC-135S
55th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

RC-135U
55th Wing — One squadron combat mission ready through September

RC-135V/W
55th Wing — One squadron basic mission capable through September

TC-135W
55th Wing (training) — One squadron basic mission capable through September

WC-135C/W
55th Wing. — One squadron combat mission ready through September


30 posted on 04/25/2013 8:00:35 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: SkyPilot

A certain relative who shall remain nameless works for a federal agency which shall remain nameless and started her forced furloughs this Monday - up until this week workers were told that the law required them to take one day off every two weeks between now and October - but as of yesterday they were informed and in fact encouraged to schedule their time off in blocka of at least five days in a row - why? - because they can qualify and apply for unemployment compensation while taking the time the government makes them take off - there’s no end to the way this administration screws the public.....


31 posted on 04/25/2013 9:54:36 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Pollster1

He hasn’t won on the air delays. People now think he’s crazy. There’s no one as PO’d as an air traveler who knows the delay was not necessary.


32 posted on 04/26/2013 12:29:25 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Intolerant in NJ
I have no idea what agency that is. Perhaps the IRS. I read something somewhere that they are taking 5 days off this summer.

Being furloughed and collecting unemployment varies by state to state, I believe.

There is no "option" like that for DoD employees - the I read that it is going to be a day per week for the rest of the fiscal year, being 30 Sep. When the furlough days for the military civilians actually occur has not been announced.

But still, what is wrong with this picture?

40% of DoD civilians are military veterans.

As a nation, we are saying:

We don't have enough money to pay your salary.

We have all the money in the world to increase this program so that 1 in 5 households now collect it unimpeded.

33 posted on 04/26/2013 3:15:42 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Jet Jaguar
Unbelievable.

I heard it was 17 combat wings that were grounded.

Our nation is in rapid, rapid decline.

Right now, the budget picture for the FAA is looking much better, if this infusion of ca$h is given so the controllers can avoid furloughs.

For the DoD, it is looking grim indeed. The Army is the worst off, and because they are so short of Operations and Maintenance money (I heard they were down 80%), they are taking Air Force, Marine, and Navy approved dollars from them. I don't fault the Army, I fault Obama and Congress, but this is robbing Peter to pay Paul. It is also grossly unfair.

Robert Hale, the Pentagon Comptroller, wants the entire DoD structure to linger under some Communist egalitarian sense of "shared suffering." The problem with that approach is that the agencies and units that have been the best stewards of funds, and are run the most efficiently, have to now pay for the inefficient ones.

The Navy and the Air Force have conserved enough O&M funds by shutting down other activities to avoid the furloughs, but Hagel and Hale won't let them do it.

34 posted on 04/26/2013 3:21:11 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Jet Jaguar

Why are not the Senators, Representatives, President and Air Force One Grounded? The parents (taxpayers) need to tell DC to go home and stay there and the taxpayers will take over running the country. Since the politicians cannot even have a budget


35 posted on 04/26/2013 3:50:56 AM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: hondact200
Why are not the Senators, Representatives, President and Air Force One Grounded?

A report back in February said Congressional travel would be being affected by the Sequester, but we have learned that in reality there have been no cut backs to their travel.

Congressional Trips Abroad Continue Despite Sequester

I found this photo of Rep Bishop (R-UT) hamming it up in Germany particularly enraging.

This same obese Congressman basically accused the Joint Chiefs in February of lying to the House Armed Services Committee regarding the negative affects of taking Billions from the Defense budget. He verbally attacked those men - better men than him who possess medals earned in combat.

The truth is that when Sequestration took Billions, it affects Defense! Now, every Congressman (including Bishop) is a NIMBY - he has pivoted his efforts to protect Hill AFB - and everyone else be damned.

Obama's travels are completely exempt from Sequestration because the Air Force has decreed it, no doubt ordered to do so from the SECDEF and the White House.

Biden is taking the train back to Delaware more often these days instead of AF-2, but he actaully enjoys the choo choo train more than flying.

36 posted on 04/26/2013 6:59:22 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Jet Jaguar

Interesting... (I was expecting you to close that post out with a photo of Air Force 1 captioned “not grounded”).


37 posted on 04/26/2013 8:55:37 AM PDT by ken in texas (I respect my elders but keep finding fewer of them.)
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To: SkyPilot

If only it were possible to advance a bill to dissolve Congress!


38 posted on 04/26/2013 9:42:36 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SkyPilot.


39 posted on 04/26/2013 7:14:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: ken in texas

I thought about it.

Perhaps I will take the HTML and add AF1 and use it again for future articles.

Thanks.


40 posted on 04/26/2013 9:12:09 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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