Lawmakers point fingers at one another over airport delays - WNCT

Lawmakers point fingers at one another over airport delays

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The nation's larger airports are seeing flight delays and more are likely on the way.

The FAA says fewer air traffic controllers are on the job because of automatic budget cuts Washington lawmakers let take effect March 1st.  Now, those lawmakers are blaming each other for the problem.

Some of the nation's airports are seeing more traffic jams because fewer air traffic controllers are on the job. Jan White spent 30 minutes sitting on the tarmac in New York.

The FAA's administrator told lawmakers he had to give controllers unpaid days off to help make more than 600 million dollars in budget cuts that Congress imposed.

But several politicians insist the cuts should have been made somewhere else.

The cut back in controllers has already led to thousands of delays this week. And some airline experts say wait times could get much worse.

Democrats and Republicans are blaming each other for the problem.

But there could be a bi-partisan solution in the wings. Dozens senators are proposing legislation that would give the FAA enough money to put controllers back in the towers full time.

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