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Upton votes with the rest of the House to end air traffic controller furloughs


WASHINGTON (WKZO) -- The nation's airports are moving more smoothly this week, now that Congress has passed a bill nudging the FAA to put its furloughed air traffic controllers back on the job and find another way to save money in light of the federal budget sequester. Congressman Fred Upton voted with the majority of the House on the issue.

However, he says he's not sure if the vote was even needed. Upton says that back when Congress first approved the sequester, it included language in the law giving federal agencies the ability to choose which programs they cut in order to deal with their overall funding reductions. Theoretically, he says the FAA could have taken its air traffic controllers off of furlough, and just cut something else.

Upton says that, the end, the agency had to be pushed a little harder to prioritize. Still, he's glad the issue has been put to bed.