David Conley, president of the Federal Aviation Administration’s managers association, has called on the White House to allow the use of airport grant funding to prevent future layoffs within the sector, Federal Times reported Wednesday.
Sean Reilly writes the request comes as no bill to support budgets for the FAA and affiliated agencies has been passed in Capitol Hill with about six weeks left before the 2014 fiscal year begins.
Conley stressed a ruling that could allow current spending to continue in spite of sequestration is likely to cause furloughs that can result to issues that can affect air travel operations, according to the report.
“Aviation is a key driver of economic activity,” Conley said in a letter Tuesday to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell, according to Federal Times.
Earlier this year, the White House and Congress decided to let the FAA to use nearly $253 million in airport funding to send nearly tens of thousands of laid-off aviation workers back to work.