Members debated a bill to allow the Federal Aviation Administration flexibility in implementing the budget sequestration to prevent furlough of flight traffic controllers.
Jay Carney spoke with reporters and answered questions on a number of issues including Syrian use of chemical weapons on its own people. He also talked about legislation allowing flexibility in spending under budget sequestration by the FAA and the impact of other automatic spending cuts.
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg testified on the president's $4.7 billion budget request for 2014 and the agency's inspections of food producers.
Rajiv Shah and Daniel Yohannes testified on the budget request for their respective foreign assistance programs, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. They addressed such issues as foreign assistance openness and restructuring of USAID's food aid program. Several committee members raised concerns regarding U.S. foreign aid ...to the Syrian opposition, the Palestinian Authority, and Pakistan. Show SummaryShow Full Text
Republican representatives spoke to reporters about the impact of flight delays as a result of sequestration budget cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration. House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers called on the Obama administration and the FAA to end the flight delays. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said the FAA ...had the flexibility to avoid employee furloughs. "Sequestration," a legal procedure in which every federal agency has the same percentage of its budget taken back in order to cut deficit spending, was agreed to in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and began March 1, 2013.Show SummaryShow Full Text
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave her weekly legislative briefing. She urged House Speaker Boehner to appoint conferees on a budget and to resolve the sequestration automatic spending cuts.
Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick and Jo-Ellen Darcy testified on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fiscal year 2014 budget request.
Michael Huerta testified on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) fiscal year 2014 budget request. Many of the questions he answered focused on the impact of sequestration budget cuts on the air traffic control system and recent furloughs imposed by the FAA.
Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA) talked about the effects of sequestration on airline schedules. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Sequestration budget cuts had resulted employee furloughs and flight delays.