Skip to comments.FAA Fix Protects Political Perks
Posted on 08/05/2011 2:55:31 PM PDT by 92nina
In a deal reached on Thursday, the Senate passed a temporary Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization, ending a Congressional stand-off that has allowed the FAAs official authority to lapse. The Senate agreed to pass the House version of the Bill which included $16.5 million in cuts to Extended Air Service (EAS) subsidies- a program which provides subsidized air travel to several secondary airports, particularly those frequently used by prominent congressional leaders. The Senate had refused to pass the House measure because of the EAS cuts before adjourning for the August recess, prepared to furlough tens of thousands of FAA workers to protect lavish travel subsidies for themselves. Unfortunately, the deal announced Thursday will restore the cuts to the EAS program, but without Congressional approval. Although the Senate passed the Houses version of the bill, Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood will strike out the EAS language. In effect, the Executive conspired with the Senate to carry out an end-run around the intent of the legislation, all to protect subsidized flights for politicians who dont want to be bothered to use major airports. This is both a scandalous waste of taxpayer funds and a blatant abuse of executive power. The fact that the Obama administration has used executive powers to retain a set of wasteful subsidies against the clear intent of legislation is part of a pattern of executive overreach...
Read more: http://www.atr.org/faa-fix-protects-political-perks-a6394#ixzz1UC0bg7my
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Expect more of this from the abusive Obama executive branch.
Where is there any power of the Executive to do this?
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