With airport delays mounting because of sequester cuts, the Senate voted last night (on a voice vote, so there is no record of support or opposition) to give the FAA the ability to pay its air traffic controllers by moving some money around, thus sparing the nation’s elite — including, not coincidentally, members of Congress — from the inconvenience of sitting in a chair with a magazine for longer than they have become accustomed. That one problem having been solved, Congress plans to go on vacation, leaving the rest of the sequester cuts — including to programs like Head Start, Meals on Wheels, and unemployment insurance — in place.
On the floor of the House today, Maryland’s Steny Hoyer was kind of pissed about this.
The bill easily passed the House 361-41. President Obama intends to sign it.
This post has been updated with new information.