CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Wednesday, Mayor Anthony Foxx weighed in on the furloughs of air traffic controllers, causing airport delays across the country since Sunday.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport is ranked as one of the most impacted by the delays this week.
The move is a part of across-the-board cuts, considered “sequestration”.
The furloughs impact the Federal Aviation Administration, part of the Department of Transportation.
Foxx is often mentioned as a likely candidate for the Secretary of Transportation position since current Secretary Ray LaHood is stepping down.
“As Mayor of Charlotte, I'm concerned when we have service delays. It’s a product of the situation in Washington. It's troubling for air traffic users,” said Foxx.
But Foxx also toes the White House line. While leaders in both parties on Capitol Hill call for excluding the nearly 13,000 air traffic controllers from the sequestration cuts, President Obama and Mayor Foxx say “band-aid fixes” aren’t the solution.
“Most reasonable people in this country would like to see those issues dealt with comprehensively, and not piecemeal,” said Foxx.
Foxx spent Tuesday in Washington D.C. where he attended a manufacturing summit hosted by the Washington Post early in the day.
When asked whether his itinerary included any other official business while in the nation’s capital Mayor Foxx replied, “Yeah, I made a stop: Starbucks. That's about it.”