U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski continued to work yesterday towards common-sense solutions to “needless and possibly politically-motivated” flight delays being imposed upon Alaskans and Americans because of the Federal Aviation Administration’s nationwide furloughs due to sequestration cuts.
Murkowski co-sponsored the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 to allow the FAA to reallocate existing funds to avoid further furloughs of air traffic controllers.
The bill passed the Senate last night by unanimous consent.
Murkowski said that she’s said it before, “Alaska’s highways are our skies, and we don’t need a bottleneck like this, if we can avoid it with a simple fix.”
Alaska’s senior senator applauded her Senate colleagues for coming together on a bipartisan basis to ensure the FAA runs smoothly and efficiently.
With this bill, Murkowski believes the FAA will be able to find the funds to keep our flights running on time without impacting their service or safety.