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PALLONE, PAYNE, PASCRELL AND MENENDEZ DECRY MASSIVE ACROSS THE BOARD SPENDING CUTS: CITE AVIATION AND AIRPORT SAFETY RISKS AT NEWARK LIBERTY AIRPORT

February 28, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCCongressmen Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will hold a press conference on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Newark Liberty Airport to condemn the massive, indiscriminate across the board spending cuts set to take effect tomorrow as a result of the so-called budget sequestration.  The cuts will have dangerous consequences to security and safety at airports like Newark’s Liberty Airport, with staggering decreases in funding the to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) including furloughs of thousands of workers nationwide.  Representatives from American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union that represents TSA employees who work at Newark Liberty Airport, will join the event to explain how the automatic cuts will affect their jobs, airport security, and passenger’s travel.

Consequences of March 1 automatic spending cuts will include: 

  • Peak waiting times could grow to over four hours at Newark
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP),  staff will have to reduce the its work hours by the equivalent of over 5,000 border patrol agents and 2,750 for CBP officers
  • Screening and entry for those travelling to the United States will be delayed.
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be forced to cut more than $600 million, severely hurting its ability to perform its core functions
  • 47,000 FAA employees would be furloughed for approximately one day per pay period
  • Air traffic will be slowed in major cities, and delays and disruptions will happen across the country during summer travel season
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will need to reduce its frontline workforce and furlough workers

WHAT:

 

Press Conference on Security Risks and Consequences of Automatic Federal Spending Cuts on Newark Liberty Airport

 

WHO:

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06)

Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09)

Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10)

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

Representatives from American Federation of Government Employees

 

WHEN:

Friday, March 1, 2013

12:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Newark Liberty Airport

Terminal B, lower level, baggage claim

 

Issues: