A CERTAIN NUMBER OF THEM, THE REAL POWER COMES FROM US REPORTING TO THEM WHAT WE THINK." IF FORMER MILWAUKEE AREA TEACHERS SALLY RUDISELLE AND JANE BONKOSKI GET THEIR WAY CONGRESS IS GOING TO HEAR A LOT ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK. THEY'RE HEADING OUT FOR A CRUISE AND THE THREAT OF IT BEING DELAYED BECAUSE OF THE SEQUESTER JUST SICKENS THEM. SALLY RUDISELLE, TRAVELER:"MY FEELING ABOUT CONGRESS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE IS THAT THEY DON'T REPRESENT THE PEOPLE ANYMORE." JANE BONKOSKI, TRAVELER:"I SOMEONE WOULD GET TOGETHER WITH SOMEONE ELSE THEY WOULD COMPROMISE AND SAY WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE THIS BETTER TO AVOID IMPACTING THE LITTLE PEOPLE CAUSE WE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE GETTING THE HIT AND IT'S RIDICULOUS." WISN 12 NEWS ALSO SPOKE WITH THE AIR TRAFFIC ONTROLLERS UNION TODAY, THEY SAY THE FLIGHT DELAYS IN MAJOR CITIES WE'RE SEEING NOW ARE LIKELY TO ONLY GET WORSE. AT MITCHELL INTERNATIONAL IN MILWAUKEE, MIKE ANDERSON, WISN 12 NEWS.
"Well, I think what we as citizens need to do is take the delays we're feeling, and let our congressmen know about it. I think the congressmen themselves only get to a certain number of them. The real power comes from us reporting to them what we think," Wells said.
Flight delays being felt in Milwaukee because of budget cuts
Air traffic controller furloughs started Sunday, and their presence is missed. Under the government sequestration, every FAA employee, which includes 15,000 air traffic controllers, has to take one day off without pay, per pay period for the rest of the year.
WISN 12 News also spoke with the air traffic controllers union Thursday. It said the flight delays in major cities happening now are likely to only get worse.
"My feeling about Congress on both sides of the aisle is that they don't represent the people anymore," Rudiselle said.
If former Milwaukee area teachers Sally Rudiselle and Jane Bonkoski get their way, Congress is going to hear a lot about what they think. They're heading out for a cruise, and the threat of it being delayed because of sequestration just sickens them.
"The sequestration is too inflexible a way to save money," said Linton Wells of the Institute for National Strategic Studies.
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Wells was trying to get from Milwaukee to Washington. He is a frequent flyer and said he feels like he's being victimized by politics.
Staffing issues are leading to major delays at Newark, New York's LaGuardia and JFK airports, Chicago O'Hare, Tampa and Regional Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.
WISN 12 News reporter Mike Anderson spoke with one passenger going through his first sequestration related delay at Mitchell International Airport, and he said he didn't like it one bit.
"If someone would get together with someone else. They would compromise and say, 'What can we do to make this better to avoid impacting the little people.' Because we are the ones that are getting the hit and it's ridiculous," Bonkoski said.
It's because of the furloughs air traffic controllers are being forced to take because of budget cuts. Those delays are now being felt in Milwaukee.
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