“The American people, you know, we see all these claims about what a tragedy it's going to be,” Coburn said.
“The great example is, is if the secretary of transportation can assure us all the planes are going to be safe, then the Department of Homeland Security can assure us that we can get through the airports on time. They have plenty of flexibility in terms of discretion on how they spend money.
“There are easy ways to cut this money that the American people will never feel.”
Asked whether the administration was using scare tactics in talking about furloughs and airport delays, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters Sunday, “This is going to have a very real impact on people's lives and on communities, and people need to know why that is. Like I said, are all these things going to go into effect on the first day? No.
“But there are hundreds of thousands of Americans who are working today who will lose their jobs as a consequence of this Republican decision.”