(Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday the agency would have to begin furloughing air traffic controllers in early April because of a looming $627 million in automatic spending cuts, while Republican lawmakers argued there were other ways to handle the budget crunch.
"We're looking at all options to reduce costs. We're looking at a hiring freeze, at cutting contracts and travel and other items not related to day-to-day operations," FAA administrator Michael Huerta told the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Committee.
"But to reach the large figure we need to cut, we have little choice but to make up the rest through furloughing employees," Huerta said, referring to the automatic federal spending cuts known as "sequestration" due to take effect on Friday.
Any necessary cutback that happens is a direct result of Obama's support for failed policies that have dried up the funding needed for needed programs. Just like a family unit. Have one member squander all the disposable family income, and you could be eating dirt for dinner. And that is what Obama has done.