Congress approved a bill Friday allowing the U.S. Department of Transportation to shift about $250 million within the agency and put 15,000 air traffic controllers back on the job full-time.
The House approved the measure Friday on a 361-41 vote, one day after the Senate agreed to the bill. The action came with lawmakers streaming toward the doors for a week-long spring recess.
The FAA announced all of its 47,000 employees, including 15,000 air traffic controllers, will be furloughed one day every two weeks through September.
About 50,000 FAA employees including 15,000 air traffic controllers are being forced to take a furlough day every other week until the end of September because of the cuts.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was brought to the United States last month. He’s charged with conspiring to kill Americans in his alleged role as al Qaeda’s top propagandist after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He has pleaded not guilty.
Before the sequester took effect on March 1, President Barack Obama and other administration officials warned that the cuts could mean canceled flights, longer security lines and other hassles. But South Jersey Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), who is the chairman of the House Aviation subcommittee, said that hasn’t come to bear.
A group of U.S. Senators is working to keep the airport control towers from closing due to a lack of funding under sequester cuts.
Vice President Joe Biden, a Catholic, will be leading the U.S. delegation to the Vatican to watch the investiture ceremony.
Lowey said NIH grants to Westchester and Rockland total $96 million over three years.
Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey says superstorm Sandy victims have already had problems getting flood insurance money and the sequester he says could make it worse.
Members of Congress from the Tri-State Area continued their warning this week that the federal sequester will pull money out of the Superstorm Sandy relief effort.
The very idea of closing the control towers is insane, according to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.
On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie said the scheduled federal spending cuts are having little effect in New Jersey. His successor as U.S. Attorney disagrees.
Like a lot of Republicans, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thinks predictions of doom because of federal spending cuts are overblown.
However, Cuomo noted the cuts likely won’t have an overall big impact on the way the state government operates.