FAA Shutdown Congress
August 3, 2011 by USA Post
FAA Shutdown Congress, President Obama increased the pressure on Congress on Wednesday to return from a vacation a month and end a stalemate over the financing of the Federal Aviation Administration, which is in 12 days of partial closure has left over 70,000 workers in the construction of the airport and the FAA’s 4,000 employees out of work.
“This is a lose-lose situation-lose can be easily solved if Congress returns to town and does its job,” the president said at the beginning of a cabinet meeting.
“I urge the House and Senate to take this,” he said. “This is an example of a self-inflicted wound that is unnecessary and I hope and believe that the expectation of the American people is this is resolved by the end of the week.”
This morning, Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, appeared in the pressroom of the White House and repeatedly urged lawmakers to pass a “clean” funding bill and then resolve their differences later.
“Get off the beach, out of their mobile homes,” he said to laughter from reporters. “Maybe I should have said RVs? Back to Washington, approving the project.”
At issue are two provisions of the funding bill that would eliminate millions in subsidies for rural air services and make it harder for airline workers to unionize – two of them opposed by Democrats.
Democrats want a “clean” short-term funding bill to bring back about 4,000 FAA workers who have been furloughed and more than 70,000 construction workers from the airport. The government is also losing a day and 30 million in airfare.
With both houses of Congress in recess until after Labor Day, the problem is not solved unless return soon. But both sides continue to blame each other for the stalemate.
“The only reason to 80,000 jobs at stake is that Senate Democratic leaders chose to play politics instead of keeping their word and pass the House bill,” said a spokesman for the House of Representatives, John Boehner. “This is unsustainable and must end this crisis immediately.”
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., President of the Transportation Committee, said Senate Democrats “have no one to blame but themselves for this partial closure of the programs of the FAA and airports.”
“Senate Democrats in the House had approved an extension of the FAA before them for two weeks, but chose not to do anything,” said Mica. “Instead of passing this simple bill, Senate Democrats chose to protect outrageous ticket subsidies, both as and 3,720 per ticket in Ely, Nevada, on the backs of leave 4,000 employees of the FAA, and thousands more were workers work in the construction of airports. ”
The representative Nick Rahall, the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure, said Republican leaders “were able to stop this closure, but refused to leave his stubborn” my way or the track “approach negotiation. ”
“As we learned in the last 12 days, forcing the FAA to close to score political points of a few extremists Tea Party has a great cost to American jobs and our economy,” he said.
The press conference Wednesday, Democratic leaders in Congress repeatedly accused Republicans of “hostage taking” for the sake of union repression. But they could not explain why not just has a clean, short-term extension.
“We have to act on this issue,” said House Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Speaking warming, adding that “75,000 people who demand and want the American people!”
The House GOP managed to spend a long-term FAA funding bill last month that included a controversial clause that would revoke the decision work of the National Mediation Board that the employees of Air and rail to form a union by simple majority vote. Republicans, who have long been concerned about the intimidation of the Union in those votes, wants to keep the above rule treating the vote not as a “no”.
But once the bill stalled over the objections Democrats, lawmakers turned to a short-term extension has happened 20 times before having the operation of the FAA since 2007.
But that effort stalled, too, when Republicans added a provision other than extraction and 16.5 million in subsidies for rural airline services.
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