Rockefeller, Thune Request Information From FAA on Sequester's Impact on Travellers

April 23, 2013

SCom: AviationWASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) and Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD) yesterday sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta in response to the FAA’s announced furlough plan that could result in significant travel disruptions across the country.  

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on aviation safety last week where Administrator Huerta failed to provide detailed information to members of the Committee about the projected effects to the traveling public of furloughing 47,000 FAA employees. Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Thune reiterated their frustration regarding the Administration’s broad responses to past inquiries about implementation plans for the sequester, which have been slow and disturbingly limited.