February 22nd, 2013
12:28 PM ET

LaHood: Flight delays if forced cuts happen

We're just days away from automatic federal spending cuts, and another government official is warning what the effects will be if lawmakers don't come up with a way to avoid them.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said minutes ago that the cuts will, if they take effect, heavily impact the Federal Aviation Administration and likely trigger flight delays nationwide and air traffic control tower closures at some small airports as soon as April.

Mandatory, government-wide budget cuts are due to begin on March 1 absent congressional action on deficit-reduction to avert them. The cuts are mandated by a 2011 agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Portland tony

    No one seems to give a damn now, but when the budget cuts hit the pocketbooks of Americans at the local level ....there will be outrage!

    February 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronvan

      P.T.: Agree! The problem, for me, is when the outrage hits ALL of us, what exactly will we do? At this point in time I am not even sure if WE could VOTE these "elected children" out of office!

      February 23, 2013 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    And they will.
    Those pushing 'sequestration' never give a damn anyway.

    February 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    However we are no longer the 'out rage' nation @Portland tony.

    February 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    So much done to us in the past decade, in the name of whatever grabbed politicians fancy and yet we plod on.

    February 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. little mister©

    People just dont give a god dam freaking dam. Its all about money.
    Tony & saywhat are right. once the cuts hit city hall usa, outrage will come in.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |