Skip to comments.Reid announces deal on FAA funding
Posted on 08/04/2011 1:45:27 PM PDT by Perdogg
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced Thursday that Democratic and Republican leaders have "been able to broker a bipartisan compromise between the House and the Senate" to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Thank God! Now we can have aviation again.
I just realized how very much smaller the FAA could be. No one even noticed they were gone.
Didn’t even know there was a problem-shows how ‘vital’ these Gov’t organizations are.
Congressional leaders? Does that mean Bonehead caved again.
We never lost any aviation just guys cutting the grass and some secretaries. The federal employees will be paid and the contractors will have unpaid vacation.
“Fully Fund!?” Does this mean no cuts to the FAA budget? If not, that little bump in the dept limit might not last until the 2012 elections.
The only real negativity besides the workers not being able to be paid and pay bills was the fact that we lost 2 billion dollars in lost tickets. That is not really a positive at all.
Story says that they’ve worked out a short-term compromise, but it doesn’t give any details.
And, Congress is away on vacation, so they’d have to figure out a way to get them to all come in back for a vote...
Does a bear shit in the woods?
“fully funded” means the Dems won again
It withdrew funding from some small airports in Dem territories like NM.
Fox is reporting that the Senate will vote on the House bill then the White House will “waive” the part of the bill they don’t like or agree with.
The story doesn't say how it was resolved so it's hard to tell.
translation: the 7% ticket tax is back.
I wonder if bending forwards so much hurts the republican leadership.
Cause a problem and then get credit for solving it—temporarily.
Why is it everything they do has “DEAL !!!” attached to it ? Deal for ,for the country , NOT
They had to solve it quickly because it wasn’t gaining traction or attention. **rolling my eyes**
But you've got to give the airlines credit for moving fast. When the feds stopped collecting the tax, they all moved immediately to raise their fares an equivalent amount.
Nobody knew the FAA was shut down. Everybody enjoyed the tax savings.
Republicans can add this to the list of taxes RAISED by Obama.
Oh, and just so we’re clear, Government Jobs are not real jobs.
I was guessing the problem was that Dems wanted their nearly-private airports subsidized so they can fly directly to their district and not drive from a big city airport.
I heard that is was already half spent as of today.
I read where it would be funded short-term to the end of the current fiscal year i.e. end of September.
The small airport subsidizes were removed by the House and the WH says they’ll just waive those rules.
The GOP “deals” and gets screwed again.
So, as usual, if BO doesn’t like a law he just ignores it.
Why this guy isn’t in jail is beyond me.
What, Hussein by "executive order" will decide to give the subsidies back? When did that giant jackass get the power to write legislation?
So send Mike Lee in to filibuster this crap. Hussein doesn’t want to follow the law? Don’t give in.
The disagreement and delay had to do with a provision in the FAA funding bill to roll back a sneaky regulation that makes it easier to unionize. Republicans put the provision in the bill. Harry Reid refused to compromise on the change.
This is basically the same as the “Card Check” rule that the unions want Obama to put into law. It allows a shop to be unionized when a majority of those voting vote yes to unionize. Traditionally the approval to unionize a shop requires a yes vote from majority of the total employees, regardless of how many voted.
See this (from Huffpo of all places!):
“FAA Shutdown At Stake In House, Senate Clash Over Union Organizing”
“The root of the dispute is a labor provision in a long-term FAA funding bill passed by the House in April. The Republican-sponsored provision would make it more difficult for airline and railroad workers to unionize by overturning a National Mediation Board rule approved last year. It allows employees in those industries to form a union by a simple majority of those voting. Under the old rule, workers who didn’t vote were treated as “no” votes.”
That is essentially a line item veto which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court back in 1998.
I'll take a wild guess and say that he will "waive" the omission of pro-union changes via the NLRB.
Great.....politicians caused the problem, let it run for a few weeks and then say they fixed it. You think Obama won’t take credit for something he caused in the first place?
It was about Unions and small regional airports (that only politicians use because the tickets from there are astronomical)and government ticket subsidies up to $3000 per ticket.
Am I right?
How can we have the FAA if we have no private jets to pay for landing fees? Again, this is very scary when Reid makes commando king pronouncements like these, like he invented the internet or something.
See post #30.
Mitch McConnel: 21st Century Cave Man.
I thought it was congressman Mica who was the sticking point...what did bonehead do, tell him he would strip him of his committeeship if he did not stop holding it up??
The real deal was card check being slipped in the back door to unionize without secret ballot--If only 50 employees voted and there was a bigger number of pro union, the 50 would be counted the total eligible to vote, even though 100 more people sat it out. So 34 of 150 employees could vote in a union and not with secret ballots--the non secret ballots being why 100 employees sat it out.
Reid was out ranting his usual "Repubs are holding the nation hostage" tactics again. Repubs caved, when they should have told Reid to suck eggs, like the snake he is.
No, I think the hold up is in the Senate.
How did they cave?
I've read that a few times...why are you saying it?
Funny thing, no one missed the fact that is was shut down...I only heard about because a friend of mine posted something about last week that FAA was shutdown.. time to privitize this agency.
Not true. Congress is NOT on vacation. Just members are not present. It is still gaveled into session each day (House stays in session so Obama can't recess appoint anyone). A unanimous consent can be ruled if one member requests it. If no objections - voila! A bill passes.
Probably correct - that is likely what he will do.
But see post #29.
1. EAR MARKS--subsidies for airlines that fly empty or half empty to accomodate a small number of fliers.
2.CARD CHECK TO FORM UNIONS WITHOUT A SECRET BALLOT. This measure was brought up before, but couldn't pass. It would allow union organizers to know WHO was voting against the union. I explained how it would work in my ex. in earlier post.
150 employees in a place. Union is voted on NOT using secret ballot. Only 50 employees vote, so they are considered ALL that are eligible to vote. 34 want union; 16 vote against union in spite of letting union organizers know who they are. 100 employees abstain because they do not want union and do not to be hassled by organizers. The union comes in and all 150 have to join to work there because 50 is considered the total number eligible to vote.
That is my understanding of what it is. A back door to "card check" just as Obama is finding ways to implement everything he wants without going through an actual vote in the two chambers--a negotiated settlement, that if true makes unions a wholel ot easier to organize. This is just one employer, but it would be a trend and would be yet another payoff to Obama's union people.
Is this another labor union bail out?
Which is why he probably won't try a line item veto. In the tradition of Slick Willy, it depends on what "waive" means. Maybe he has another bizarre scheme I haven't thought of in mind.
Somebody posted that Fox News used the word "waive" but it was not in the posted article. I don't even know the exact source.
I don't know why you're understanding it that way.
There's no indication in any story I've read that they agreed to what the Dems wanted.
In fact, Fox is saying Reid will likely pass the House bill.