Democrat Senate leaves town without taking up FAA bill

The [Democrat controlled] 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.

On Tuesday evening, the Senate recessed, without accepting the House version of the bill.

I just heard MSNBC’s report on this on the Way Too Early show.  They showed Steny Hoyer making some complaint about the republicans sending them a bill they did not like.  I did not know what the facts were, but the story left me with the impression (as usual) it was somehow the republican’s fault and the high and holy democrats were completely blameless in the fact the FAA was not funded.

The truth is that the Senate had a House of Representatives bill they could have taken up before they left for recess and avoided the problem, but they DID NOT DO SO because they didn’t like it or didn’t feel like it.  So they left town without doing their job. 

So once again, the democrats, with the help of their media, try to deflect all blame that these people are not getting pay checks.  The republican House did their job and if the demos were as interested in compromise as they like to proclaim, (let alone any interest in the 4,000 FAA workers and 70,000 construction workers being laid off, as MSNBC reported) they would have taken a bill they may not like and pass it to avoid the shutdown.

They make me sick. 

Wonder what Harry and Steny will be doing on recess – oh, I just heard Harry say something about pomegrante trees.  Pomegrante trees for Harry until after Labor Day.  The ball’s in Harry’s court and he took it and went home.

I wonder what kind of hot frenzy the liberal media would be in if this had been a republican controlled Senate.  No. doubt. about. it.


Here is some added perspective and a video of Hoyer, Schumer, and Boxer going on about the hostage-takers.  Another classic example of projection on their part.  It seems the controversy is really about “card check.”

Posted:  09.03.11 @ 5:53 a.m.  Update:  08.05.11 @ 1:10 a.m.


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4 responses to “Democrat Senate leaves town without taking up FAA bill

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  2. Raven

    Actually, the REPUBLICAN house was adjourned by the REPUBLICAN majority leader Bohner. The Democrats were appalled by the refusal to pass funding for the FAA before adjournment. Also, under Bohner, the House meets only 3 days a week, so exponentially less work gets done than under Pelosi.
    Please tell the truth. How much could it hurt if you just tell the truth?


    • bellalu0

      Dearest Raven:

      Tell the truth and the whole truth.

      The House adjourned on Monday evening, the Senate adjourned on Tuesday evening – without taking up the FAA bill that the House had passed to them, just as they refused to consider the Cut, Cap,. and Balance bill and the so-called Boehner Bill on debt reduction.
      So the House did their part. The democrat Senate got huffed up as usual and went home so Harry could see his pomegrante and roses blooming.

      The Senate could have either passed the bill or sent something back to the House. But they didn’t so they left the ball in their own court.

      Source CNN, Washington:

      “On Monday, the House adjourned after the divisive debt ceiling vote, leaving the Senate with a version of the bill that it did not like and could not amend.

      On Tuesday evening, the Senate recessed, without accepting the House version of the bill.

      Democrats blamed Republicans. Republicans blamed Democrats.

      Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, chastised Rep. John Mica, R-Florida, for putting provisions in the funding extension that would have cut subsidies to rural airports, including one in Reid’s home state. He called Mica’s action “outrageous conduct.”

      I believe the bone of contention was the republican bill had cut spending and it affected some airport near Harry’s home.


      • bellalu0

        Mica (R/Fla) says:
        “There’s no question that I’m responsible, but I’m also responsible for moving a bill forward,” Mica said. “This has been four-and-a-half years, and this is the 21st extension — years of wasteful spending. Someone has to say, ‘No.’ No to wasteful spending, no to subsidies of $3,700 per ticket. I sent it (the extension), and they (the Senate) have had this proposal over there, and they sat on it.”

        In a statement Tuesday night, Mica said: “Apparently, protecting outrageous airline ticket subsidies is more important than putting 4,000 furloughed FAA employees and thousands of airport construction workers across the country back to work.”


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