Skip to comments.As FAA Shutdown Continues, Obama Pleads With Congress to End Stalemate
Posted on 08/03/2011 2:46:42 PM PDT by KeyLargo
As FAA Shutdown Continues, Obama Pleads With Congress to End Stalemate
Published August 03, 2011 | FoxNews.com
President Obama ratcheted up the pressure on Congress Wednesday to return from a monthlong vacation and end an impasse over funding the Federal Aviation Administration, which is in the 12th day of a partial shutdown that has left more than 70,000 airport construction workers and 4,000 FAA employees out of work.
"This is a lose-lose-lose situation that can be easily solved if Congress gets back into town and does its job," the president said at the start of a Cabinet meeting.
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FAA Shutdown Because Dems Want to Protect Pork
Posted By Capitol Confidential On August 3, 2011 @ 8:29 am In Congress, Federal Spending, Politics
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has basically been shut down  thanks to the Senate Democrats addition to pork. 4,000 FAA employees have been furloughed until further notice. 70,000 construction workers must now sit on their hands as all airport construction has halted. And the federal government is loosing $200million a week in airline ticket taxes because they are not authorized to legally collect the tax.
Bozeman and Billings are about 140 mi apart. Cheaper fares to/from Billings make the drive make sense in some cases.
I might be wrong but I believe the House of Representatives has passed a bill to fund the FAA. Its the Senate, once again, under Harry Reid that can’t get a bill passed so that the House-Senate conferees can go to work on resolution of the two bills.
Is the FAA on strike or something?
I heard there was a 0.01% budget cut for the FAA, I guess this is their protest work stoppage?
A president with balls would just fire the bastards!
“And the real reason for the FAA shutdown is:”
To make that mean tea party-dominated congress that just made us look like the irresposible ones, look like the bad guys.
Tough Noogies Bammy.
Harry Reid misses his pomegranates.
Make a trade for lifting the oil and gas moratorium in the Gulf in exchange for lifting the moratorium on airport construction?
(I know, the moratorium in the Gulf was lifted, it's a "soft" moratorium on issuing permits.)
how much money are we saving from these make work projects?
Mr. Perpetually vacationing on our dime is one to talk.
And if he actually did do an honest days work that didn't involve damaging the country, it would be a sign of the apocalypse.
I read somewhere else here in FR today that it is Reid who has been the stumbling block because one of the “subsidized airports” is White Pine County in Ely, Nevada. The article also said that Reid was going to relent and allow a vote.
As far as I’m concerned, subsidizing airline security is another waste of money.
The Rs will cave on this too eventually after they are ridiculed for being mean spirited long enough.
Vote out the R’s, vote out the D’s...keep the T’s.
Air service subsidies up for vote
By Tim Monroe
August 1, 2011 —
Many small airports in the U.S. and the airlines that serve them are wondering what will happen to the $200 million that flows to them under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.
An example of questionable service payments is found with Great Lakes flying passengers from Ely, Nev. to Las Vegas. So few travelers use the service that subsidy payments amount to $3,000 a passenger, according to a recent article by Joe Brancatelli, whose piece was published online by Portfolio.com.
Damn, who writes for him?
“if Congress gets back into town and does its job”
Says the big-eared bigot that is always on the golf course or on vacation.
It’s not only pork, to keep subsidizing little-used airports that some Congress critters use to flay to and from D.C.
Certain collective bargaining regulations for “common carriers” (planes, trains, ships & buses) and the FAA were set by Congressional regulation and became standard for decades now.
If Obama wanted to change the labor regs in favor the unions inside the FAA he could have asked Congress to change the labor laws that set the standard that has been in affect for the FAA for decades.
Knowing he could not get the Republican led House of Representatives to agree, he had his head of NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) simply declare new collective bargaining rules for the FAA - in favor of their Union.
Now, as the House’s funding bill for the FAA restores the collective bargaining rules for the FAA BACK to what they had been for decades, back to before Obama’s dictator at the NLRB changed them by Executive fiat, the Dims are arguing that the GOP is “taking away” “rights” of the FAA unions.
That’s why there was no funding for the FAA.
The Dims would not accept a bill that restored the collective bargaining rules for the FAA back to what they have been for decades.
As usual, the Dims tried to slide one in, and now they are claiming it’s all the GOPs fault and are holding the FAA hostage while claiming the GOP is making them do it.
The (R)s better get used to being blamed for everything and anything. They will be dragged down and beat up verbally until they learn to fight back. And they had better learn fast or you and I are going to pay the price. This nicey-nice attitude toward governance is getting old fast. Palin said it last night . . . she sick and tired of walking around with a “kick me” sign on her forehead.. . and so am I.
You are correct. The Senate is once again sitting on a bill that they refuse to have a vote on.
This actually is a short term win for the Republicans because while the FAA is unfunded it cannot collect the airline taxes. One estimate is that the government could miss out on over $1 billion in airline taxes if the situation is not resolved until Congress returns in September.
A major government agency, even one that involves airplanes flying all over the US is shut down and the world didn’t end? Planes didn’t all fall out of the sky?
Why bother refunding it. What exactly are they doing, besides spending tax dollars.
What exactly is the FAA's role in airport constuction? This is just a new one on me!
I saw a post on another thread that Canada doesn't have an equivalent of the FAA -- yet they have airports AFAIK.
lets see, a 7% TAX CUT on all air travel as congress flies home.
this is a tax cut stimulus, no wonder tax and spend obama is panicking.
I guess that whole 14th amendment nonsense can’t force the appearance of expired taxes.