Cut Punters - Sequester La-di-da

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Congress demands someone be held accountable for the unsurprising results of its own massive budget cuts. (2:57)

THE BEST PART OF THIS STORY, THE

HEARING CONGRESS HELD DEMANDING

ANSWERS ABOUTñr AIRLINE DELAYS

FROM F.A.A. DIRECTOR MICHAEL

HUERTA.

>> WE'VE GOT A LOT OF QUESTIONS

FOR YOU THIS MORNING.

THE FIRST ONE IS GOING TO BE HOW

COME YOU DIDN'T TELL US ABOUT

THIS BEFOREHAND, THE SEQUESTER

IMPACT ON THE LAYOFFS,

FURLOUGHS?

NOT A WORD.

NOT A BREATH.

YOU DIDN'T FORWARN US THAT THIS

WAS COMING.

>> Jon: WE WON'T EVER GET

OLD AND WE WON'T EVER DIE.

( LAUGHTER )

THAT'S CONGRESSMAN HAL ROGERS

THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE

APPROPRIATIONS WILL COMMITTEE,

THE COMMITTEE THAT OVERSEES ALL

FEDERAL EXPENDITURES, ASKING WHY

THEY WERE NEVER TOLDçó THAT THE

SEQUESTER, THE CUTTING OF SAID

EXPENDITURES, WOULD IMPACT AIR

TRAVEL.

AND HE'S GOT A POINT.

WHY DIDN'T ANYONE MENTION THAT?

ROLE MONTAGE OF EVERYONE

MENTIONING THAT.

>> NO SEQUESTER DEAL IN SIGHT.

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS AIR TRAVEL

GUILTY HAYWIRE.

>> FEDERAL SPENDING CUTS

THREATEN DELAYS IN AIR TRAVEL.

>> YOU'RE GOING TO SEE LINES AT

THE AIRPORTS.

YOU'RE GOING TO SEE FURLOUGHS.

>> FEWER FLIGHTS AND DELAYS OF

UP TO 90 MINUTES OR MORE.

>> SOME FLIGHTS ARE GOING TO BE

CANCELED.

TOWERS SHUT DOWN FOR PERIOD OF

TIMES TO DEAL WITH THESE BUDGET

CUTS.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: WHAT DO THEY MEAN

BY THAT?

( LAUGHTER )

OKAY, FINE.

BUT WE NEVER HEARD THAT FROM...

THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION.

ROLL FOOTAGE OF THE SECRETARY OF

TRORS.

>> WELL, LOOK, WHEN IT COMES TO

TRANSPORTATION, WE HAVE TO CUT

$1 BILLION, $600 MILLION FROM

F.A.A., AND THAT'S WHY WE'VE

ANNOUNCED THERE'S GOING TO BE A

SLOWDOWN AND DELAYS IN FLIGHTS.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FURLOUGH

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: ADDING HOW LOUD DO

I HAVE TO ( BLEEP ) SAY IT?

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

LOOK, YOU KNOW,.

( CHEERS )

-- WHAT-- THIS IS KIND OF FUN.

WATCH CONGRESSMAN ROGERS

CONFRONT WITH THE FACT THAT HE

WAS FORWARNED.

WATCH HIM ASIMULATE THIS NEW

INFORMATION AND STILL FIND A WAY

TOUE IT AGAINST HIS OPPONENT

USING SOME KIND OF DICK-JITSUE

MOVE.

>> WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT

REDUCTION IN AVAILABLE

CONTROLLER HOURS OF 10% FOR

MONTHS.

>> BUT YOU DIDN'T TELL THEM

WHICH AIRPORTS, WHICH AIRLINES.

>> WE TOLD THEM THAT THEY SHOULD

EXPECT SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS AT

MAJOR HUB FACILITIES.

>> WELL, LA-TI-DA.

EVERYONE KNEW THAT.

>> Jon: "LA-TI-DA."

"I MEAN, I MEAN, MAJOR AIRPORT

HUB COULD BE-- COULD BE

ANYTHING.

I DON'T KNOW."

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

"I MEAN, ( BLEEP ) ME TWICE WITH

A BULLFROG."

( APPLAUSE )

THAT GUY THERE, THAT GUY THERE,

THAT'S THE REASON PEANUT BUTTER

JARS HAVE TO SAY, "MANUFACTURED

IN A FACILITY T

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