Nonsense. Congress did what it was supposed to do. Capitol Hill responded to the flying public’s righteous anger. There was a fear factor: If a plane crashed, voters would blame Washington.
Republicans found unused money in the transportation budget. So after Democrats protested and the White House promised to veto any sequester modifications, they fell in line behind an FAA fix; it passed with bipartisan support and was punctuated with a presidential signature.
“Congress is capable of doing that everywhere if the lawmakers really want to,” budget fellow Patrick Knudsen of the right-leaning Heritage Foundation opined.
It turns out that the Obama White House had miscalculated. It had become increasingly clear that the White House was using the FAA cuts to gin up voter outrage against the sequester cuts. And that wasn’t going to fly.