Critics: White House Playing Politics with Air Travel

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Flight delays are piling up around the country because air traffic controllers are being forced to take days off due to budget cuts.

Those automatic cuts came as a result of the so-called sequester, when Congress could not reach a deal to trim deficit spending.

All Federal Aviation Administration employees are being required to take off one work day every other week as a result. In addition to the air traffic controllers, the FAA has also furloughed other critical employees, like airline and airport safety inspectors.

But critics say the White House is turning air travelers into pawns in a political game. They argue the FAA could reduce its budget in other spots that wouldn't delay travelers

In a letter to the FAA, Delta's general counsel asked the agency to reconsider the furloughs, saying it could make the cuts elsewhere. Delta believes the FAA could transfer funds from "non-safety activities" to support the "core mission of efficiently managing the nation's airspace."

For more on the political gamesmanship in Washington over the sequester, CBN News spoke with Bill Frezza of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. You can see his interview in the link provide above.

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