IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 25, 2013
Ms. Collins (for herself, Mr. Udall of Colorado, Mr. Risch, Mr. Toomey, Mrs. Hagan, Mr. Isakson, and Mr. Roberts) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To provide the Secretary of Transportation with the flexibility to transfer certain funds to prevent furloughs by the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as
Reducing Flight Delays Act of
Authorization to transfer certain funds to prevent furloughs by the Federal Aviation Administration
Notwithstanding division G of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law 113–6), any other provision of law, or a sequestration order issued or to be issued by the President pursuant to section 251A(7)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 ( 2 U.S.C. 901a(7)(A) ), the Secretary of Transportation may transfer during fiscal year 2013 an amount equal to the amount specified in subsection (c) to the appropriations account providing for the operations of the Federal Aviation Administration, for any activity or activities funded by that account, from—
the amount made available for obligation in that fiscal year as discretionary grants-in-aid for airports pursuant to section 47117(f) of title 49, United States Code; or
any other program or account of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Availability and obligation of transferred amounts
An amount transferred under subsection (a)(1) shall—
be available immediately for obligation and expenditure as directly appropriated budget authority; and
be deemed as
obligated for grants-in-aid for airports under part B of subtitle VII of title
49, United States Code, for purposes of complying with the limitation on
incurring obligations during that fiscal year under the heading
Grants-in-Aid for Airports
of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Appropriations Act, 2012 (division C of Public Law 112–55
; 125 Stat. 647), and
made applicable to fiscal year 2013 by
division F of the Consolidated and
Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law 113–6).
The amount specified in this subsection is the amount, not to exceed $253,000,000, that the Secretary of Transportation determines to be necessary—
to prevent during fiscal year 2013 furloughs of employees of the Federal Aviation Administration whom the Secretary determines are necessary for ensuring a safe and efficient air transportation system; and
to continue during that fiscal year the operations of air traffic control towers that were operational as of January 1, 2013, under the contract tower program of the Federal Aviation Administration.