Coburn: FAA pressures employees to take same furlough day, to shut down air travel

This month, the FAA announced that air traffic controllers across the country would be furloughed because of the $85 billion automatic spending cut this year, known as sequestration.

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Lawmakers have introduced several bills trying to stop the sequestration since the FAA announcement because thousands of flights have been delayed across the country.

“This is a contrived farce to make the American people think we can’t cut $85 billion out of a $3.7 trillion budget,” Coburn said. “Everybody in America knows that it is possible to do that.”

Republicans have been blaming President Obama’s administration for trying to make spending cuts as painful as possible to make a political point that spending shouldn’t be cut.

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced S. 788, a bill to replace the $85 billion automatic spending cuts with funds the Pentagon has said it has saved from drawing down the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but Coburn objected because he said that wouldn’t really be saving money.

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