The FAA was going to get a 5% increase in their budget...they got 3% increase.
So, if they still have more money than before, how is it they had to cut staff hours?
Makes no sense.
btw, Obama already had the authority to let the FAA pull the furloughs more towards non-essential labor. They have 15,000 Controllers amongst almost 50,000 employees. He simply did it to punish people because he didn't get his way....