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Statement on Sequestration, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, 22 February 2013

On Sequestration and the Federal Aviation Administration

Sequestration will have a serious impact on the transportation services that are critical to the traveling public and the nation’s economy. At DOT we will need to cut nearly a billion dollars, which will affect dozens of our programs.

Over $600 million of those cuts will need to come from the Federal Aviation Administration – the agency that controls and manages our nation’s skies. As a result of these cuts, the vast majority of the FAA’s nearly 47,000 employees will be furloughed for approximately one day per pay period until the end of the fiscal year. In some cases it could be as many as two furlough days per pay period.