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HAI President: Dire Consequences

Manufacturing Group | February 19, 2013

"Sequestration is of significant concern to HAI and our members that critical services required by our members from the FAA at all levels will be drastically reduced and our National Airspace System (NAS) will take a huge hit," says Matt Zuccaro, president, HAI.

In a statetment on the HAI website, Matt Zuccaro, president, HAI says. "The government's current funding runs out at the end of March, and once again Congress and the White House appear steadfast in their refusal to deal with economic and fiscal policy. It is of significant concern to HAI and our members that critical services required by our members from the FAA at all levels will be drastically reduced and our National Airspace System (NAS) will take a huge hit, imperiling the air traffic control system if and when sequestration takes effect."

Sequestration will trigger a $483 million cut in the FAA operations budget, which would mean mandatory furloughs among FAA workers including air traffic controllers and aviation safety inspectors and systems specialists. Current initiatives such as Next Gen would be in jeopardy. Sadly, nothing is expected to change before the end of March, and The U.S. House of Representatives is now working on yet another continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government. There is no indication coming from Capitol Hill that the CR will include any language that would undo or unwind the sequester. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated after Obama's address that tax reform is dead and the sequester will happen March 1 unless Senate Democrats pass an alternative backed by Obama.

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