House Republicans grilled FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on Wednesday about whether his agency is making every effort to stop the furlough of air traffic controllers that resulted this week in widespread flight delays across the country.

The furlough of roughly 15,000 air traffic controllers is part of larger federal-budget cuts known as sequester — a deal Congress made in 2011 after failing to agree on less-drastic reductions.

Though the agreement, which took effect in January, provides little discretion in transferring funds and making cuts, congressional Republicans are suggesting the Obama administration has provided even less flexibility within the Federal Aviation Administration — to disrupt air travel enough to force Congress to reach a better deal.

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