GOP House Formally Rejects Senate Transportation Bill, Shutdown Looming

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 10:45 am

We’re headed for a real showdown. The House has now rejected the bipartisan transportation bill from the Senate. Harry Reid has said that he would not accept a 90-day extension and wants to see the Senate bill pass. Something has to give.


Senate Passes FAA Authorization Bill with Anti-Union Elements

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 7:45 am

Despite fierce opposition from major transit unions, the Senate yesterday gave final approval to the FAA Authorization bill, a five-year extension that removes uncertainty from the FAA, approves a next-generation air traffic monitoring system and, in Harry Reid’s telling, creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. But unions were unhappy about changes to labor law insisted upon by House Republicans, and they expressed betrayal at the hands of Senate Democrats.

FAA Authorization Conference Report Would Weaken Labor Law, Expected to Pass Senate Today

By: Monday February 6, 2012 12:30 pm

The Senate will vote as early as today on whether to punish transportation unions in a bid to get Federal Aviation Administration authorization through 2015. The House already passed its version of a “bipartisan compromise.” and unions can’t seem to get the Senate to stop it.

Eighteen Unions Blast Congress for FAA Compromise That Weakens Labor Law

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 12:45 pm

collection of 18 transportation unions have demanded that Congress reject a compromise measure on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Authorization bill which they say will hurt unions. Unions like the United Auto Workers, United Steelworkers, Teamsters, the International Association of Machinists, the Association of Flight Attendants (CWA) and more object to several hidden provisions in the authorization bill apparently agreed to by Dem leaders.

Coburn Relents, FAA/Surface Transportation Bill Passes

By: Friday September 16, 2011 6:11 am

Last night, it didn’t look as if the Senate would be able to get the clean extension of both the FAA authorization and the surface transportation authorization before a deadline of today. Tom Coburn was holding up the bill in a fruitless crusade against bike paths. It’s a long story.

Tom Coburn Poised to Shut Down FAA Again

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 9:45 am

The attempt to meet looming deadlines and avoid shutdowns of part (or all) of the government resembles the aftermath of a car wreck right now. It’s unclear whether the Senate can move the broken-down vehicles off the road in time to let the traffic move through.

Democrats Step Up in FAA Authorization Fight

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 3:15 pm

Perhaps there’s a limit to how many caves can occur in a week, because Democrats are actually taking a stand on the FAA authorization mess. The backstory here is that House Republicans basically left town without extending the FAA, which has been in partial shutdown since last week. As a result, 4,000 FAA personnel are on furlough, construction contracts are on halt (putting another 70,000 temporarily out of work), airport inspectors are flying around on their own dime without pay, and $200 million a week in taxes are going away, into the hands of the airlines, who are pocketing the money. All because Republicans don’t want Delta Airlines workers to be able to unionize, basically.

Congress Officially Leaves Town Without FAA Agreement

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 6:12 am

A testament to how the new Washington operates. Lawmakers in both houses of Congress have passed an FAA authorization bill. The particulars are in the range of 90% the same. While they work something out on the last 10%, they could pass an extension of the old authorization, the way they have 20 times since 2007. But House Republicans want to make it harder for Delta’s workers to unionize. They want to mandate that any absent voter in a union election is a vote against the union. They haven’t yet applied this to their own elections, but that’s how they want unions to operate. The NLRB passed regulations that would ban this practice, and Delta simply won’t allow votes for its workers under the new rules. And Republicans have hijacked the FAA on behalf of Delta.

The Big Pivot

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 1:02 pm

The President’s address fell mainly in line with what he’s been saying over the past several weeks: with the debt limit deal, a “manufactured crisis” in his words, put to bed, now the good and wise and responsible members of Congress can get to work on a jobs package to put America back to work. This is the big pivot, the time when all the focus shifts to jobs. Isn’t it exciting?

And Also, the FAA Could Shut Down Friday

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 2:10 pm

Because we didn’t have enough to worry about, the Federal Aviation Administration could shut down Friday, if Republicans insist on including certain controversial provisions into a short-term extension.

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