The FAA furloughs, done as part of the sequester, became a flash point this week when the furloughs first took effect. They have been a subject of finger-pointing on both sides, as Republicans say the administration is refusing to cut waste, while Democrats call on the GOP to agree to replace the sequester with tax hikes.
Several Republicans have said the FAA's travel budget or other portions of the budget should be cut, rather than requiring furloughs of air traffic controllers. One lawmaker said cutting waste, in combination with reduced air traffic, should have made it easy to cut without affecting travelers.
"FAA furloughs of air traffic controllers and threats to delay flights represent an absolutely colossal failure of this administration," Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) said.
"The Obama administration knew about sequestration. In fact, the FAA knows that… in fact air traffic is down some 27 percent in the last decade."
Others questioned why such a small cut to the FAA budget should result in nearly half of all flights being delayed.
"A 4 percent cut in FAA results in 40 percent of our flights being delayed?" Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) asked. "That's an outrage, it should be an outrage to every individual out there."
On the Gosnell trial, Republicans accused Democrats of remaining silent on the Philadelphia doctor who is accused of delivering children and then killing them, and for what many say are barbaric conditions that threatened the lives of women, and resulted in the death of at least one.
"Mr. President, your silence on this issue is deafening," Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) said.
Other Republicans continued to accuse the press of failing to cover the story, which many conservatives argue is a sign of support for on-demand abortion services in the media.
"Shamelessly, the mainstream media has all but gone silent and failed to cover this horrific violence against women," Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog MORE (R-Minn.) said.
"I think we all recognize if Dr. Gosnell used an AK-47 instead of a scalpel, the media coverage would rival a natural disaster," Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said. "Yet barely a peep comes from the mainstream media because it happened to be an abortion doctor who was actually performing abortions."