URGENT ACTION ALERT: Sequestration Cuts To Take Effect March 1st. NATCA Needs Your Help ASAP!
Sequestration cuts would significantly reduce the capacity of the NAS. Cutting the FAA operations budget by five percent will mean furloughs for every FAA employee, including air traffic controllers and other aviation safety professionals. This will have a negative effect on the efficiency and capacity of the NAS.
Sequestration is an across-the-board budget cut mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 in order to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years. That translates into cuts of $109 billion per year for non-defense discretionary spending.
Sequestration was originally set to take place at the beginning of this calendar year, but a deal passed on January 3rd postponed it until March 1st and added an offset that reduced the amount to be cut for FY 2013 to $85 billion (five percent). The FAA will be required to cut $483 million from the operations budget, and mandatory furloughs will be necessary. Insiders believe that this reduction will go into effect for at least 30-90 days to put pressure on both sides to come to a long-term budget agreement.
The unintended consequence of this deal is that lawmakers are less motivated to avert it with the lower cuts. At this point, most predict that sequestration will occur.
The situation would go from bad to worse if nothing is done to stop the cuts long-term: the five percent cut in effect for the remainder of FY 2013 would then revert to an 8.2 percent cut for each of the next nine years, as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Tell Congress that sequestration will have a detrimental effect on our National Airspace System.
We need you to take a few minutes and TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW!
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