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FAA furlough flight delays continue, Las Vegas singled out

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Flight delays across the country continue as air traffic controllers are forced to take furlough days.

Wednesday the FAA singled out three airports that will experience delays, including McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Furloughs began on Sunday, and the FAA says more than 1,000 flights were delayed Tuesday directly because of the furloughs.

Air traffic controllers are being forced to take one extra day off every two weeks as part of sequestration, which began nearly three months ago but didn't hit air traffic controllers until Sunday.

Congress brought in the head of the FAA for some answers.

"You waited until hours until it was to be in effect to tell the relevant stakeholders," said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky. "I find that shocking."

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said his agency is facing $637 million in budget cuts and has run out of options.

"The sequester being an across-the-board impact, we agree with you is not an appropriate way to run the government, but we are complying with the law as it has currently been passed," Huerta said. 

The FAA says with smaller staffing levels, flights have to be stretched out to manage traffic, but stresses the furloughs will not impact safety, just efficiency.

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