By Keith Laing - 05/01/13 05:52 PM EDT
"Congress responded to the short-term problem of flight delays by giving
us the option of shifting money that's designed to repair and improve
airports over the long term to fix the short-term problem," he said during a press conference on Tuesday.
"Well that's not a solution. Essentially what we've done is, we've said,
in order to avoid delays this summer, we're going to ensure delays for
the next two or three decades."
The measure, which was passed so quickly parts of it were reportedly handwritten, was delayed in getting to Obama because of a typo.
The FAA's decision to purposely delay hundreds of flights per day last week to deal with an approximately 10 percent reduction in staff created a political firestorm in Washington that sent lawmakers looking to avoid blame for the backed up airplanes.
Airlines launched a website to direct passengers to complain about the flight delays to Congress, and the Obama administration and reported by the end of the week that 19,000 people wrote to the FAA and the White House.
Lawmakers have come under criticism for passing the fix for the flight delays while not dealing with other areas of spending that have been drastically cut back since the beginning of the sequester.
Additionally, lawmakers were criticized before casting the vote to end the airport delays before a weeklong recess, when many of them were flying home from Washington.