On Monday night, Jon Stewart looked at how fast Congress acted to fix the airport delays caused by the sequester, and had special ire for Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), chair of the Appropriations Committee, to how he reacted to the cuts.
The best part of this story, the hearing Congress held demanding answers about airline delays from FAA director Michael Huerta.Video below the fold.
REP. HAL ROGERS, R-KY (4/24/2013): We've got a lot of questions for you this morning. The first one is gonna be, how come you didn't tell us about this beforehand — the sequester's impact on the layoffs, furloughs — not a word, not a breath. You didn't forewarn us that this was coming."Won't ever get old, and we won't ever die."
That's Congressman Hal Rogers, the head of the House Appropriations Committee, the committee that oversees all federal expenditures, asking why they were never told that the sequester — the cutting of said expenditures — would impact air travel. And he's got a point. Why didn't anyone mention that? Roll montage of everyone mentioning that.ALYSON CAMEROTA (2/26/2013): No sequester deal in sight. The White House says air travel will go haywire.(Jon strokes chin) What do they mean by that?
CHRIS JANSING (2/22/2013): Federal spending cuts threaten delays in air travel.
HOWARD FINEMAN (3/4/2013): You're going to see lines at the airport, you're going to see furloughs.
NEWS REPORT (2/26/2013): Fewer flights, and delays of up to 90 minutes or more.
ED HENRY (2/22/2013): Some flights are going to be cancelled, towers shut down for periods of time to deal with these budget cuts.
OK, fine. But we never heard that from... the Secretary of Transportation. Roll footage of the Secretary of Transportation.TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY RAY LaHOOD (2/25/2013): Well, look at when it comes to transportation, we have to cut a billion dollars, $600 million from FAA, and that's the reason that we've announced that there's going to be a slowdown and delays in flights. We're going to have to furlough air traffic controllers.Adding, "How loud do I have to fucking say it?" (wild audience cheering and applause)
You know, look. Watch Congressman Rogers... this is kind of fun. Watch Congressman Rogers confronted with the fact that he was forewarned. Watch him assimilate this new information, and still find a way to use it against his opponent using some kind of dick-jitsu move.4/25/2013:(shocked audience gasps of disgusted laughter)
FAA ADMINISTRATOR MICHAEL HUERTA: We have been talking about reduction in available controller hours of 10% for months.
REP. HAL ROGERS, R-KY: But you didn't tell them which airports, which airlines.
FAA ADMINISTRATOR MICHAEL HUERTA: We told them that they should expect significant impacts at major hub facilities.
REP. HAL ROGERS, R-KY: Well, la-di-da. Everyone knew that.
"La-di-da. I mean, major airport hubs could be... could be anything. I dunno. I mean, fuck me twice with a bullfrog."
That guy there? That guy there, that's the reason peanut butter jars have to say:
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