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.
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“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.
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