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Obama: FAA Fix A “Band-Aid”

WASHINGTON (April 27, 2013)--President Barack Obama, in his weekly radio and Internet address, says the fix for widespread flight delays is a "Band-Aid" solution to budget cuts.

With Obama's cooperation, Congress voted on a measure that ended the furloughs of air traffic controllers, which caused major flight delays, but Mr. Obama said the quick fix is not a lasting solution.

He chided Republicans in particular for reversing cuts that affected frequent travelers, including members of Congress, but doing nothing about cuts affecting government workers, preschoolers and the unemployed.

Mr. Obama said Republicans claimed victory over the cuts, but have since decided they are a bad idea.

In the Republican address, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said Mr. Obama was using flight delays as leverage to raise taxes and avoid cutting spending.


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