Congressman Radel criticizes White House for FAA furloughs
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Federal Aviation Administration furloughs turned out to be a week long game of chicken between Congress and President Obama.
The impact would have been felt more here in Florida than anywhere else. Our economy is directly tied to visitors using those airlines.
Flight schedules are expected to get back on track avoiding more delays. But U.S. Congressman Trey Radel, representing Southwest Florida's 19th District, claims this didn't have to happen.
Radel said, "I think the White House, because they had the decisions on what to cut and where to cut, made this a political football."
The chairman of the Repubican party of Florida, issued this statement commending Governor Rick Scott for supporting people like Congressman Radel and applying pressure to the President: "It became increasingly clear that the White House was willing to use air travelers, Florida workers and Florida families as pawns in a political game. Fortunately, we have leaders like Governor Scott who are willing to stand up to Washington and fight for the Sunshine State."
This Friday, in an unusual moment of bi-partisanship, the furlough was cut short, averting an economic crisis for Florida. Congressman Radel said, "Well, finally Democrats have seen the light and we're all coming together and we're going to prioritize where our spending goes."
But there could be anothre showdown on the horizon? Congressman Radel says there doesn't have to be. It just depends on the President.
Radel added, "House Republicans passed two bills to make sure these cuts didn't affect people in their everyday lives. We would have delays in food because FDA food inspectors being cut. FAA furloughs, none of that would have happened."
With 16 trillion dollars in debt, Radel says more cuts will be necessary and he's hopeful about getting things done. That is if both parties continue to work together.