Members of Congress can’t blame the FAA for the sequester. They have the power to end this nonsense.
It’s one thing for the sequester to bar 4-year-olds from the Head Start door. The pre-schoolers won’t grow into their political voice for at least another 14 years. But it’s quite another thing for the sequester to make traveling Americans cool their heels in airport lounges or, worse, squeeze into tiny seats in a stuffy plane waiting and waiting and waiting for their flight’s clearance to take off.
Those Americans are capable of pounding out emails, texts and tweets to their congressperson during the moment of their discomfort.
And those Congress people, especially the Republican ones, want it to stop. As the nation enters Day 4 of the Federal Aviation Administration’s rolling furloughs of air traffic controllers, Republicans demand the FAA quit playing politics with air travel. But the FAA isn’t. It’s simply complying with a previous demand by members of Congress, especially Republican ones, to make foolish across-the-board spending reductions.