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FAA Administrator Defends Furloughs, Budget Increase

With American travelers finishing up spring breaks and planning for summer vacations, the hundreds of daily flight delays that started Sunday as a result of furloughs by the Federal Aviation Administration have become a hot topic on Capitol Hill.

Republican members of Congress expressed frustration with the FAA today over the cost-cutting measures the agency has taken to meet the requirements of sequestration.

A hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation illustrated the tension some in Washington are feeling in light of the delays. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers engaged FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a heated back-and-forth, claiming the agency did not give those in the aviation industry and in Congress enough time to plan for these cuts.

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