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Introduced in Senate (04/25/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 818


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.


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


A BILL

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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Authorization to transfer certain funds to prevent furloughs by the Federal Aviation Administration.

(a) In general.—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—

(1) 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

(2) any other program or account of the Federal Aviation Administration.

(b) Availability and obligation of transferred amounts.—An amount transferred under subsection (a)(1) shall—

(1) be available immediately for obligation and expenditure as directly appropriated budget authority; and

(2) 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” under title I 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).

(c) Amount specified.—The amount specified in this subsection is the amount, not to exceed $253,000,000, that the Secretary of Transportation determines to be necessary—

(1) 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

(2) 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.