Congress remains torn on FAA shutdown
August 3rd, 2011
01:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Congress remains torn on FAA shutdown

Washington (CNNMoney) - Lawmakers on Wednesday appeared far from a deal to extend funding authority for the Federal Aviation Administration - leaving some 4,000 federal employees and as many as 75,000 construction and support staff workers off the job.

The Senate went on break Tuesday without approving what would have been a 21st short-term funding extension for the FAA. The Republicans passed that extension, but it includes some changes to FAA programs to which Democrats object.


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  1. The Day of Financial Reckoning is HERE - The Great Democrat Welfare Society Ends

    Typical incompetent Democrat leadership in the Senate, aka Harry Reid. Looks like his union masters have told him what to do and he's doing it no matter how many people lose their jobs. If people want to unionize, there have been processes in place for decades. Why to they need to be made easier? Is it because more and more people reject these union thugs and the money they scam from the workers?

    August 3, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Republicans are ready to disrupt the lives of hundreds of thousands (count their families, too) just to further their right wing social engineering and extreme ideologies. The really sick part is that they will blame the Democrats for not compromising, causing the layoffs and suffering. That it is the Democrats who are holding up funding by voting "No" to their agenda.

    August 3, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    Republicans are deliberately trying to hurt the economy. Congress needs to come back from vacation and take care of this. Why do republicans hate public safety so much? They're against the EPA, the FAA, or anything that has to do with government. Since that is the case, they should stop collecting paychecks.

    August 3, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Ironically enough, today is the 30th anniversary of Reagan's speech that he would fire striking air traffic controllers, who were given a "take it or leave it" offer that took away their rights to negotiate. Reagan fired them. A new funding arrangement was required to hire non-union controllers, which is what led to this separate bill being needed in the first place. And, once again Republicans are attacking the freedom and rights of the middle class.

    August 3, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Indy

    They pulled a Palin and ditched the FAA and they need to be called back in to resolve the situation

    August 3, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Nothing is more important or higher priority to the GOP between now and November 2012 than hurting the middle-class and labor force, particularly organized labor such as airline industry workers and construction. NOTHING.

    GOP strategery: Your suffering is our win.

    August 3, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. cindy

    I will not forget this and many other atrocities when it comes time for re elections and will do my best to remind others as time gets closer to vote.

    August 3, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems (aka the welfare party), are totally responsible for doing that. They control the Senate.

    August 3, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. MTATL67

    Let me get this straight. Congress went on vacation. While 4,000 furloughed FAA workers will remain jobless for the next five weeks and preventing the agency from collecting $1.2 billion in aviation taxes. 70,000 construction works have also been furloughed. Not to mention the domino effect into other jobs. Long term unemployment benefits was left undone.
    This is what read on Majority leader Rep. Eric Cantors website – House Republicans Announce Jobs Agenda "AMERICAS JOB CREATORS". This would be Saturday Night Live laughable if it was not so serious. Every member of Congress should go without a pay check so they would know how so many Americans feel. How many more Americans are going to be kicked out of their homes, how many more people will have lost their job while Congress was on Vacation? I just don't know what to say other than Congress has failed yet again. I hope you all had a good time and enjoyed yourselves.

    Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Rep. Cantor and Senate Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell all need to give their resignations immediately as leaders of their respective bodies. If I were President Obama I would call an immediate special session of Congress and keep calling them until Congress does what they were elected to do.

    August 3, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. cindy

    The party of no made sure this would happen and throw in enough inuendo to make sure it is laid at President Obamas door. You can't hide-we see you....

    August 3, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    More political posturing from the GOBPbaggers. They want to bust unions, so they're holding this up. Once again, they serve only the greedy and not the needy. This is about repaying their corrupt, corporatist cult leaders for the massive and untraceable Citizens United donations they'll be receiving in exchange for doing the bidding of Big Business and the ultrarich.

    August 3, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. gt

    ah yes the democrats are for the working man... but the workers wont get a ck for wks and wks... maybe harry needs a few weeks off with out a ck...

    August 3, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    Keep it up GOP, and armed insurrection will come soon.

    August 3, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Len

    Two very important points: The GOP does not want to fund the FAA (specifically TAX subsidies for some rural airports) which amounts $200 million dollars of tax breaks. The second is they want to make sure the FAA will not unionize. They are backing Delta who broke their union.
    On point #1: The GOP will allow 4,000 middle class FAA workers to be furloughed without pay and over 80,000 construction workers who are working on airport infrastructure to lose their jobs. BUT they will not END Billions of dollars of tAX subsidies to BIG OIL companies. On point #2: They want to get rid of unions all over America, pay attention to what has happened in all the GOP states that elected governors in 2010, Wisconsin to name one. They want to blame everything on the middle class and they want to destroy the middle class and poor.
    Ever since the GOP took control of the house, THERE has BEEN NO movement on creating jobs....As we learned, tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs. In fact, we have lost more jobs since they took control in January. Look at jobs lost in GOP states.

    Another important point: The House left Trade Bills (that will create jobs) with no action. (GOP wanted them when Bush was in office but now that OBAMA wants them....hell NO....Infrastructure construction job bill not acted on.....

    Wake up America.....We allowed 25% of the population to control our country.......Do your homework before you decide not to vote or vote for nut jobs.

    August 3, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |