Late yesterday evening, the Senate approved a bill to end budget cuts caused by the sequester that caused massive airport delays all over the country.
The bill will fund the fiscal shortfall that put thousands of air traffic controllers on furlough, this resulted in slower turnovers of departures and arrivals at all of the country’s major air traffic hubs.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and local Congressman and former House Transportation Chairman John Mica anticipated this and the possible damage it could do to the states thriving tourism industry. You can read about that HERE.
The bill is expected to be passed by the House today and sent to President Obama for signature.
The sequester is still in effect and could potentially have other side effects to necessary services like this one. It was put in place as a “trigger” during the debt ceiling negotiations of 2011 to compel Republicans and Democrats to find a mutual solution to generating revenue and addressing the deficit.
They still haven’t reached a permanent solution and with other issues like immigration and gun control controlling the dialogue on Capitol Hill right now, it’s unknown when one will be found.