Obama, LaHood call on Congress to solve FAA funding dispute
August 3rd, 2011
08:46 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama, LaHood call on Congress to solve FAA funding dispute

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday urged Congress to immediately pass a temporary funding measure for the Federal Aviation Administration to put nearly 4,000 federal employees back to work and restart more than 200 airport construction projects.

The Democratic-led Senate went on its summer recess Tuesday without approving what would have been the 21st short-term funding extension for the FAA. The Republican-led House previously passed a short-term extension, but included some changes opposed by Democrats.


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  1. Chipster

    Why would Democrats pay any attention to the President? He's serving the interests of Republicans at the expense of the elderly, poor, middle class, students, union workers, disabled . . . . . abandoning practically ever effort to protect Democratic principals while giving Republicans all the gifts to the wealthy, corporations, and powerful interests in the nation. Obama's idea of compromise involves giving in on everything that matters to those of us who worked so hard to put him into office. I just hope Democrats can come up with a better candidate for 2012. I can't go door to door and ask Democrats to vote for this President again. We need leadership.

    August 3, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Dee

    I hope now the voters are seeing what is happening in this country the GOP is holding the workers, non-workers hostage because they want the President to be one term. It is a disgrace and a shame they have said it blatanly that's why they want pass any bills amd put the President in a precarious situation when it came to the debt ceiling. That's why they attached all the other stuff they new that the President would not let the nation default and they tired his hands. But make no mistake about it this President is no fool.

    So I say to fellow americans vote these jerks out they are holding up progress in this country and being funded by the very rich to do so. They think they came out as the winners but the voters have the last say so because we the middle class are the ones that are hurting because of no fault of our own.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT OBAMA we are praying for you the same way you succeeded with Osama Bin Laden you will master the economy. Keep using your strategy and intelligence and you will prevail keep your head above the waters and everything is going to be alright.

    August 3, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. SA in OO

    "The Republican-led House previously passed a short-term extension, but included some changes opposed by Democrats"

    Just a little disingenuous here. The changes were pure Koch brothers union busting.

    August 3, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. SecedingfromTexas

    So the House Republicans, once again, are willing to put people out of work, lose $1B in revenues, and stop
    construction so they can continue their destruction of worker's rights to unionize. That is the only reason
    these "changes" were added, just to stick it to small airports, which by the way, are all in
    Democratic districts. The arrogance of these slaggards is getting out of hand and is extremely dangerous.

    August 3, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. J.V.hodgson

    It is really very simple do a clean passage of bill thats passed 20 times before. Then put it down to a conference committee on the house Amendments as in effect separate legislation.
    That does three things
    No need to recall both houses the deal can be done.
    Then 74,000 people are not out of work for minimum 5 weeks.
    Ooops sorry about the deficit we just lost $1bn plus in revenues.
    This is not politics it is sinful... union bashing Wisconsin recall wise should be giving tea partiers a message. OK if there are savings to close some airports ( lets consider the Job loss costs v subsidies) the conference committee will allow that, but not union bashing thats ideology not real politic.
    This is disgraceful and its not just the Senate but house as well since any change senate makes needs thier vote for the temporary bill passage which they are not going to do... well as an Independent any house Republican member I voted for last time just lost it. And I am not alone.
    PS increase plane landing fees.And pasenger airport service charges. That will determine if these airports are economicaly viable Republican style.

    August 4, 2011 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  6. Jacky Littlefield

    In business we don't keep unprofitable facilities open. We should not subsidize airports that don't have enough flights to cover their expenses. I can't believe everyone does't understand that. Wake up Senators and Congressmen.

    August 4, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    More union-busting anti-American behavior from the GOBPbaggers and the extreme right wing radical teatards seeking to serve their corrupt corporatist cult leaders.

    August 4, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |