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Cuts’ Impact Is Severe, F.A.A. Chief Tells Lawmakers


Amid an increasingly partisan atmosphere, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration told skeptical Republicans on Wednesday that automatic budget cuts had forced the F.A.A. to run somewhat like a starving airline: it has reduced its inventory of spare parts, stopped hiring and training new employees, and cut back on modernization.

The cuts imposed by Congress have made sharp reductions in staffing inevitable at airport control towers and radar rooms, said Michael P. Huerta, the F.A.A. administrator, speaking to the transportation subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations. He said that he and oth...