Top US Senate Democrat Harry Reid announced Thursday that polarized lawmakers had reached a stopgap deal to end a costly row that has shut airport construction and halted tax payments by airlines.
“I am pleased to announce that we have been able to broker a bipartisan compromise between the House and the Senate to put 74,000 transportation and construction workers back to work,” Reid said in a statement.
“This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain. But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences, and this agreement will do exactly that.”
And what is the big deal Harry Reid is talking about?
Under the accord, the Senate will pass the House version of the legislation on Friday, setting up a fresh fight on the issue in mid-September, officials said.
“We are pleased the Senate has agreed to pass the House-approved FAA extension tomorrow,” said a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Michael Steel.
Yep, just exactly what they could have done BEFORE they adjourned and left Washington. And this after the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LeHood has been on tv waving his arms and ranting, something about being “held hostage.” (New and original? But then he’s a democrat. They just say “hostage” without rhyme or reason.)
And this from NPR:
THE DEAL would allow the Senate to approve a House bill extending the FAA’s operating authority through mid-September, including a provision that eliminates $16.5 million in air service subsidies to 13 rural communities. A vote on the bill is expected Friday.
Republicans had insisted on the subsidy cuts as their price for restoring the FAA to full operation, but the cuts may become moot.
The bill includes language that gives the transportation secretary the authority to continue subsidized service to the 13 communities if he decides it’s necessary.
Democrats said they expect the White House to effectively waive or negate the cuts
So there you go — the democrat senate could have approved the house bill and sent it to the president for signature BEFORE THEY LEFT Washington for recess and avoided the whole mess.
But it is abundantly clear that the democrats are not going to allow any spending cuts if they can possibly prevent it. They are adamant about this even as the stock market plunges over 500 points today. Since the democrats have been in control of congress since 2006, this is why the debt has skyrocketed over the last few years. And when efforts are made to reign them in, they kick and scream and get mad as old wet setting hens. Constantly muttering: Hostage. Hostage. Hostage.
Posted: 08.04.11 @ 08:23 p.m.