WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today applauding Congress's passage of a provision to ensure the Obama Administration does not needlessly cause flight delays by furloughing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees:

"Government spending has skyrocketed by 19 percent in four years, and President Obama should have stepped forward to target this 2.4 percent budget reduction. I'm pleased Congress has passed this provision to protect travelers from the Obama Administration's unnecessary sequester furloughs and needless flight delays. Moving forward, we need to pass the Essential Services Act to ensure critical federal employees like air traffic controllers must report to work and keep America moving."

Last week, Blunt introduced the “Essential Services Act of 2013,” which would protect American jobs and public safety by ensuring “essential” federal employees like air traffic controllers continue to provide vital services. The bill, which Senate Democrats blocked as an amendment to the continuing resolution (CR) last month, would give the Obama Administration the flexibility it claims it does not have to apply the same standards used during occurrences of inclement weather or other government shutdowns to the sequestration cuts to each agency. To read the bill, click here.

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