A4A Backs Sen. Blunt Amendment to Fund Essential Travel Services
Airlines for America (A4A) has publicly expressed strong support for an amendment offered by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that would provide federal agencies with the flexibility to determine which employees are essential personnel, and minimize the impact to services essential to air travel as they implement budget cuts required by sequestration.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security have both said that cuts and expected furloughs at both Customs lines and airport security checkpoints would snarl air travel as government sequestration continues.
“A4A expects and urges federal agencies, including CBP, TSA and the FAA to minimize sequestration’s impact on airlines and our customers, and we strongly support Sen. Blunt’s amendment, which provides additional flexibility for federal officials to effectively manage and maintain essential public services, while meeting the requirements of the sequester,” said Nicholas Calio, A4A’s president and CEO. “We thank Sen. Blunt for his leadership, and encourage his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this amendment, which will help ensure that the two million customers and 50,000 tons of cargo that fly every day are not negatively impacted.”
Calio said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employed a similar model of identifying essential personnel during a two-week shutdown in 2011, following a funding impasse. During that time, no flights were delayed or canceled due to the FAA shutdown.
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