Tags: mica | obama | airport | delays

Rep. Mica: Obama Purposely Inflicting Sequester’s Airport-Delay Pains

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 05:57 PM

By Bill Hoffmann and John Bachman

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The chaos at the nation’s airports — which has mushroomed in the weeks following the sequester budget cuts — is purposely being made worse by the Obama administration, Florida Rep. John Mica says.

“This is inflicted, orchestrated by the administration,’’ Mica, a member of the House Transportation Committee, told Newsmax TV.

Story continues below video.



“This is a political decision made on high to try to inflict pain on the public and then point the finger at Republicans. ... It’s a political ploy that is an insult to Congress and to the American taxpayer.’’

Mica, who represents the Sunshine State’s 7th District, said the FAA could easily handle the cuts to its budget with more efficiency.

“Almost every agency ... looks for better ways to do things, and that’s exactly what the FAA has not done,’’ he said.

“Air traffic is down 24 percent in the last 10 years. That means there’s less work for air-traffic controllers to do. Additionally, we have 15,000 air-traffic controllers and that number is up. They could move these folks around, work with the labor folks.’’

Mica said there are enough ways of reassigning personnel to ease delays, including the deployment of some of the country’s military air-traffic workers.

“They’re working domestically and then in very tough hotspots around the world,’’ he said.

“They could be deployed to some of these places to make certain that, again, no one is delayed.’’

Mica also said the nation’s air-traffic control hardware needs a long overdue makeover.

“We need to have a switch from a World War II radar-based ground air-traffic control system to a space-age GPS satellite-based system,’’ Mica said.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Rep. Stockman to Newsmax: Arm Kurds, Don't Train Syrian Rebels

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 21:36 PM

Instead of spending any of the $500 million Congress approved this week to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic Stat . . .

Ted Cruz: A Nuclear Iran Remains 'Most Significant Threat'

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 20:42 PM

Iran's nuclear ambitions are a bigger threat to America than the Islamic State (ISIS) militants, Sen. Ted Cruz says.

Part of White House Evacuated; Obama not Present

Friday, 19 Sep 2014 20:15 PM

White House staff and reporters were evacuated on Friday night by the Secret Service because an intruder was spotted run . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved