Head Start Programs, Forced to Close Early, Still Have Funds For Flights


"They specifically told us we could not cut our training budget. Those dollars were not even in the equation. That would have made it easy. But that was not even an option," Gibbons told ABC News.

The problem is similar to the one the Federal Aviation Administration faced, which led them to furlough workers and space out flights in a way that slowed air travel. But Congress quickly passed a measure giving the FAA the flexibility to reallocate unused improvement funds in order to quash the irksome flight delays.

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Some on the left have criticized Congress for a bill targeted at helping the FAA.

"Members of Congress fly often, so they're fixing that sequester mess," New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote on Twitter. "But no fix for kids sequestered out of Head Start."

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., posted an animation of an airplane on Twitter with the hashtag, "#endthesequester."

"4 million meals for seniors eliminated … 70,000 children kicked out of Head Start … 125,000 Americans without rental assistance," the message in white lettering on the black plane read. "But your next flight will be on time."

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