By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Flight delays have plagued some travelers around the nation due to air traffic controller furloughs by the Federal Aviation Administration as a result of the sequestration budget cuts.
White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday said President Obama would consider a congressional attempt to fix flight delays caused by sequester cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration but blamed the traveling inconvenience on Republicans for letting the budget cuts take place.
Twelve years after his father gave up the gavel of the House transportation committee shortly before resigning from Congress, his son, Rep. Bill Shuster, will take command of the influential panel in January.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to back the cash-strapped American airline industry in a mounting battle over the European Union's plan to charge international carriers extra fees for carbon emissions.
House Speaker John A. Boehner has pressed President Obama to review the automatic spending cuts set to be triggered by last week's failure of the defunct debt-reduction supercommittee and to work with Congress to develop a Plan B.
A sweeping overhaul of aviation regulations the House passed Friday - a measure that would modernize the nation's aging air traffic control system - may not fly in the Senate.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania Republican, said Mr. Obama's transportation budget "repeats his call to increase spending without identifying a viable means to pay for it."
"There are $2.7 billion in non-personnel Operations costs that should be examined before FAA personnel are furloughed," he said, citing $500 million spent on consultants.