Senate goes on recess without taking up FAA funding
August 3rd, 2011
07:37 AM ET
12 years ago

Senate goes on recess without taking up FAA funding

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate went on summer recess Tuesday night without taking action to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration, all but assuring that almost 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.

The only sliver of hope for furloughed FAA employees and laid-off airport construction workers rests with the fact the Senate scheduled nine "pro forma" sessions during their break, giving the Senate opportunities to consider the funding bill. But Senate leaders gave absolutely no indication they would do so.


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  1. Steve, New York City

    Our federal government, acting in a responsible manner (or maybe it would look that way on another planet).

    August 3, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  2. Rob R

    See, when Republicans said they were going to focus on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, they only meant CEO's and oil executives. They didn't actually mean they were going to care one bit about "regular" jobs.

    August 3, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I think that Republicans would have done to our economy exactly what they have tried to do with the FAA. Shut it down.

    August 3, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Nice of congress to go on vacation while leaving thousands without a job or a paycheck! Maybe if the teatards had agreed to a debt ceiling raise eight months ago instead of blackmaiking the country and holding it hostage ghey would have had time to gake care of business. Sho is next on the teatard/rethug list? The EPA, Education department?

    August 3, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    One word: Irresposible!!!!

    August 3, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. mgc florida

    Interesting the Republicans were elected on a jobs agenda yet all they have done since jan is go after abortion laws, planned parenthood etc. Now they go on vacation and leave 4,000 with no jobs because they want to kill the union? In addition to those 4, 000, there are construction workers laid off and employees of other businesses that are affected. Is this what they promised? Seems the like Scott Walker are more interested in killing the organizations that support the middle class while they protect the rich with the lie "job creators". The only jobs the rich are creating are overseas. I am turning in my republican party card and going independant. I want nothing more to do with these people.

    August 3, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. GI Joe

    The airports that had to close down are in Democrat Areas. Surprised? By the way, it's all about union-busting (again), just like in Wisconsin and Michigan and South Carolina as we speak.

    Goodbye week-ends, worker safety, minimum wage - Fascism (corporatism) is here.

    August 3, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |