View Full Version : General Politics FAA Re-Authorization Extended to Mid-September

08-05-2011, 05:53 PM
Why strip out the subsidy money for these little dinky airports but allow Obamas lackey Lahood to keep spending it if he wants to? Jesus we are so screwed.

FAA Re-Authorization Extended to Mid-September

The Senate Friday approved a bill to end the two week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, which the President quickly signed into law

While the extension only lasts until mid-September, it allows 4,000 furloughed FAA workers and close to 70,000 construction workers to return to their jobs as early as Monday.
Still, it has left the workers caught in the middle of this political showdown feeling like political pawns.

Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood said, "It was really more about some members of Congress letting their own agendas and their own egos getting in the way of hard working people right smack dab in the middle of the construction season."

The main sticking points that kept the showdown going so long were subsidies to small airports and a provision that would make it harder for airline workers to unionize.
The bill does eliminate $16.5 million in air subsidies to 13 rural airports, but allows Secretary LaHood to continue the subsidized service if he deems it necessary.

House Speaker John Boehner urged the Senate to work with him on a long-term bill.
In a statement, the President called the impasse an unnecessary strain on local economies at a time when we can't allow politics to get in the way of recovery, but with such a short extension, the same debate could easily re-ignite when Congress returns from their August recess. Read more at arkansasmatters.com.