It’s always been easy to complain about getting stuck in an airport or on the tarmac. Now the GOP hopes to turn that frustration into a political punching bag.
Republicans are reaching out on Twitter to capture some of the anger passengers are feeling about widespread airport delays and channel it against President Obama. Sequestration cuts have forced the FAA to furlough air traffic controllers and other employees in order to meet a mandatory 5% savings, resulting in increased delays at some major airports across the country.
Using the hashtag #ObamaFlightDelays, party leaders created a chorus of disgruntled airline customers lamenting their airport problems and blaming it on the president:
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) April 25, 2013
Delayed 1.5 hrs at Detroit airport bc Prez wants to use FAA as political football. At least DTW has starbucks and wifi. #ObamaFlightDelays
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) April 23, 2013
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) April 23, 2013
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) April 24, 2013
— RNC (@GOP) April 25, 2013
— Jeff Crank (@jeffcrank) April 25, 2013
Wednesday, the FAA reported 863 delays attributed to staffing reductions. There were 2,132 delays as a result of weather.
Senators have been scrambling to find a fix for the FAA furloughs before they leave D.C. on Friday for a week-long recess. The White House announced Tuesday that it would be open to legislation that would allow air traffic controllers to resume work.