Ray Lahood Warns Sequestration Will Mean Cutting Air Traffic Controllers

The transportation secretary says there's no way around cutting back on employees.
3:47 | 02/22/13

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Transcript for Ray Lahood Warns Sequestration Will Mean Cutting Air Traffic Controllers
Your total budget here -- what's these certainly doing in round numbers 55000 employees. The public understand that you're you know billion dollars you've got a big budget -- find -- -- cut that without. Telling air traffic control -- -- home. What we're doing that. We're looking at every contract. And we're going our lawyers are looking at every contract to see what penalties we would have to pay in. As we begin to cut or adjust their contracts were looking at everything possible. And everything possible that's legal we will do. But this has to be a part of it. DOT has 55000. Employees. The largest number of those employees -- at the FAA and the largest number of those employees. Are controllers. And they're all over the country there has to be some impact in order to save a billion dollars a billion dollars is a lot of money. Eclipse lasted 2% -- -- -- a lot of money Jonathan. And where where where I come from which is central Illinois billion dollars is a lot of money and it's very difficult. When you have this kind of it is that the number of employees that we have guiding planes in and out of airports to do anything. Except. Look at everything. And that's what we've done.

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