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THEY'RE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS - BUT THEY'RE ALSO FREQUENT FLYERS.
AND WITH THEIR OWN TRAVEL PLANS SUDDENLY UP IN THE AIR BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUTS ...
LAWMAKERS FLEW INTO ACTION TO STOP THE FURLOUGHS OF FLIGHT CONTROLLERS.
(sot: Sen. John McCain / (R) Arizona :12 - :18)
"I don't have to now wear a mask or a disguise when I go through the airport, I'm happy to say"
DAYS AFTER THE F-A-A SIDELINED FLIGHT CONTROLLERS AS PART OF THE AUTOMATIC BUDGET CUTS KNOWN AS THE SEQUESTER ... DELAYS WERE GETTING LONGER AND TEMPERS SHORTER AT AIRPORTS AROUND THE COUNTRY.
(sot: Sen. Bob Corker / (R) Tennessee :29 - :37)
"The White House was purposely trying to inconvenience people to try to force us to a different place as it relates to spending."
FACING A WEEK AT HOME WITH ANGRY CONSTITUENTS ... CONGRESS CAVED.
(wildsot: House vote)
"The yeas are 361, the nays are 41."
OVERWHELMINGLY ... LAWMAKERS VOTED TO GIVE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS A REPRIEVE.
(sot: Rep. Tom Latham / (R) Iowa :51 - :55)
"The safety of airspace cannot be subject to political posturing."
BUT OTHER GOVERNMENT WORKERS WON'T BE SO LUCKY, AS THE ACROSS-THE-BOARD BUDGET CUTS START KICKING IN BECAUSE CONGRESS CAN'T AGREE ON TARGETED CUTS.
(sot: Rep. Rick Larsen / (D) Washington 1:04 - 1:09)
"This is a bandaid. And sequestration needs a triple bypass surgery."
THAT SENTIMENT ECHOED IN THE WHITE HOUSE ...
(sot: Jay Carney / White House Spokesman 1:12 - 1:18)
"This is a band aid covering a massive wound to the economy."
BUT FOR NOW, AT LEAST, AIR TRAVELERS - ESPECIALLY THE ELECTED ONES - CAN BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF.
"Brian Mooar, NBC News, Washington."
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