Sequester Furloughs Haven’t Happened Yet, But Democrats Already Blaming Airport Delays On Cuts


This sort of thing makes me wonder how we ever managed to get by a few years ago when the national debt was like $6.5 trillion smaller.

National Review’s Jim Geraghty posts this picture sent in by a reader taken at the Miami airport:


As Geraghty notes, already delays are being blamed on the sequester spending reductions, but in terms of airport security those reductions haven’t happened yet per law:

For a short furlough of a covered employee, the law (5 U.S.C. 7513) gives a covered employee the following rights:

At least 30 calendar days advance written notice by the agency stating the specific reasons for the proposed action. (Typically, the reasons for the action would involve a lack of work or funds.) The 30 calendar day period begins upon an employee’s receipt of the written notice. Therefore, agencies should plan accordingly to allow time for mailing the notice when hand-delivery is not possible.

But that’s not stopping Democrats from carrying on as if the furloughs have already happened:

“The lines were not going to get better, they were going to get worse, “said Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, “and that prediction came true.” The congresswoman toured local airports Monday to witness the delays firsthand. She called the situation “unacceptable.” …

While he toured the airport with Napolitano and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, [Democratic Rep. Joe] Garcia noted that half of the 72 booths at the international-passenger checkpoint were unstaffed on Wednesday.

According to Geraghty, furlough notices in the Department of Defense are going out this week, meaning the furloughs won’t actually start happening until late April at the earliest.

Meanwhile, what’s not sequestered is the Obama administration’s St. Patrick’s Day bash.

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  • headward

    Looks like false advertising.

  • ND in MD

    Looks to me like little Barri O is doubling down on stupid.

  • Thresherman

    So where is the media on this? Are they not the ones who are supposed to speak truth to power? I guess that only applies when you are not part and parcel of the place guard.

    • ND in MD

      In Barri Obama’s back pocket

  • grandmom

    Will do anything to make the Republicans look bad, and if I understand right,we are not talking real money,only what was proposed for agencies to have. At this time they have the same amount of money that was there there last year.

  • Roy_Bean

    Its called moral relativity, the truth is what ever it needs to be to further the agenda.

  • Gern Blanston

    There was a recent Forum Letter to the Editor that asked a simple question: How much less is the current sequestered budget than the last budget? Forum published the letter but didn’t answer the question.

    The answer is that the current budget is more than the last, despite the sequester. So how does anyone explain the reduced federal services?

    • grammie

      I would love to know the answer, but I think that because it is policial we will not get any answer, Obama would then might have to say he was wrong in what he has closed or cut back on.

  • DopeyDem

    Where did they get the money to print the signs?

    • ND in MD

      Your pocket, my pocket and many other tax paying hard working Americans.

  • JoeMN

    My luggage ended up somewhere in Siberia
    Blame the sequester ?