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FAA funding restored – Senate will approve House bill Friday by unanimous consent

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.

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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.

Update:  https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/faa-funding-restored-senate-will-approve-house-bill-friday-by-unanimous-consent/

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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New Yorkers Terrorized by Air Force One



An eyewitness account:  Amy in Jersey City wrote “I work in the 30 Hudson building in Jersey City, on the side that faces the Statue of Liberty. Our group is on one of the top floors and needless to say we probably had some of the best views of this incident. We were conducting work as normal when all of a sudden we see this huge commerical plane coming at us. People were ducking and on the floor because it came so close. The plane flew right over us and couldn’t have missed the building by more than 100 feet. Then we heard people scream it was coming back. The plane literally looked like it was going to barrel into our building coming straight at us until it turned upwards at the last minute. I can’t believe I saw the underbelly of a plane fly over me. When it started coming back a 3rd time, we ran for the stairs. It’s safe to say we are pretty angry about having to evacuate and go down 30+ flights of stairs for a ‘photo shoot.’ What a start to the week.”


See more accounts Here.

Posted: 04.28.09

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White House requested the fly-over of Lower Manhattan

Well, mystery solved.  Who is responsible for the irresponsible fly-over?  It came straight from the White House.

The White House Military Office TOLD the FAA that it updates file photo of Air Force One near national landmarks and they wanted to update its file photo of the President’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.

And I guess the FAA responds when the White House calls them, even if it is a foggy Monday morning and scares the bejesus out of workers in highrise buildings at Ground Zero.

“”An administration official says a presidential Boeing 747 and a fighter jet flew low near ground zero in New York City Monday because the White House Military Office wanted to update its file photo of the president’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.

This official said the White House Military Office told the Federal Aviation Administration that it periodically updates file photos of Air Force One near national landmarks, like the statute in New York harbor and the Grand Canyon.””

There is something wrong with this picture.  It does not make any sense.  Has anyone ever seen a picture of Air Force One flying over the Grand Canyon or the Statue of Liberty?

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Posted:  04.28.09


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Panic in NYC – Low flying Boeing 747 near Statue of Liberty called a “Photo Op” by FAA (Update)

“An Air Force fighter jet and one of President Barack Obama’s official planes on Monday flew low over the Statue of Liberty in an approved photo opportunity.”

O.M.G.  This video is unbelievable.  Can you imagine how terrifying this was for all those who didn’t know what was happening, which was everybody?  What in the world were they THINKING?

The FAA called it “an approved military photo op.” The White House declined to comment.

The U.S. Air Force, which operates the president’s plane, said the “aerial photo mission” involved an F-16 fighter jet escort and one of the Boeing 747s designated as Air Force One when the president is aboard. Obama was not on board.

Police said federal authorities told them not to disclose the information ahead of time but to direct inquiries to the Federal Aviation Administration.

See More Here.

UPDATE:  04.27.09 @ 10:00 p.m. – I would think this was a hoax or maybe one of those flying object films that may have been doctored, but this really happened.  And to think, what if it had been a hijacked plane or something of that nature, absolutely NOBODY even knew about it.  Bloomberg didn’t seem to know, he said he got a text message.  Robert Gibbs said he didn’t know – “what can I tell you, I don’t know.  I have no information.” It seems nobody had a clue.

Air Force One with two figher jets following.  Dear God.  Who okayed this?

Headline:  New Yorkers terrorized by Air Force One.  You can’t make it up.  🙂

I saw one version of the video of people scared and panicked in the streets and evacuating buildings.  Just watching it scares me so I can imagine had I been in lower Manhattan, the scene of the 9/11 tragedy, thinking is it happening again?  This is not a good omen really and shows an extremely high level of incompetence.  Is America safe?  Hell, no.

Even in the best of scenarios, wasn’t it insane for a 747 to fly low over NYC with two fighter jets following along?  And how much did this cost?  What was the purpose of it?  Were they making a brochure or something?  Who was taking the photo, for God’s sake?  It looked a little overcast to be taking pictures.  Actually, I don’t believe the story.  What were they doing?

White House took responsibility and apologized

Here’s the video of the reaction of the people (with sound):

See New York Post account.

An administration official says a presidential Boeing 747 and a fighter jet(s) flew low near ground zero in New York City Monday because the White House Military Office wanted to UPDATE ITS FILE PHOTO of the president’s plane near the Statue of Liberty.  You CANNOT make it up.

Posted:  04.27.09  Updated:  04.27.09


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