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|Congresswoman Says Sequester Means Air Travel Woes
|Galesburg's representative in Congress says local residents flying out of any of the airports in her district stand to undergo major inconveniences now that the series of mandatory federal spending cuts known as the sequester is taking effect.
Cheri Bustos spoke to travelers at the Quad City International Airport in Moline Saturday. The Quad Cities Democrat says the Quad City airport won't feel the impact of a loss of air traffic controllers that airports like Peoria will, but the biggest impact may be longer security lines because of less Transportation Security Administration workers once furloughs take effect in 30 days.
Bustos says while travelers will be inconvenienced, those workers will feel it, too.
"Think about if your paycheck is going to be cut 20 percent, so they're talking about a day a week of taking off work, and that's a 20 percent pay cut," Bustos said. "One of the women I talked with, her husband works over at the [Rock Island] Arsenal -- also going to be forced to take off a day a week, a 20 percent pay cut. What that's doing to families across this region, it's giving them uncertainty on how they can move forward in their own family budgeting."
Bustos again called the sequester "budgetary insanity." She says there was plenty of time to avoid the cuts, and she was disappointed a deal wasn't worked out on Friday.
Bustos also warned of flight delays at other larger airports, which could mean delays across the entire system.
(Rep. Cheri Bustos looks over a flight tracking map with Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation at the Quad City International Airport.)
(Rep. Cheri Bustos talks with travelers Saturday at the Quad City International Airport. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|03 03 13 by Newsroom
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