GOP House Formally Rejects Senate Transportation Bill, Shutdown Looming

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 10:16 am

I knew the House planned to send a short-term transportation bill up for a vote next week, right before the deadline of March 31, when US highway funds would expire. I didn’t realize until now that the House actually formally voted down the bipartisan Senate version of the bill yesterday: House Republicans on Wednesday held [...]

Senate Passes FAA Authorization Bill with Anti-Union Elements

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 6:16 am

Despite fierce opposition from major transit unions, the Senate yesterday gave final approval to the FAA Authorization bill, a five-year extension that removes uncertainty from the FAA, approves a next-generation air traffic monitoring system and, in Harry Reid’s telling, creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. But unions were unhappy about changes to labor law insisted [...]

FAA Authorization Conference Report Would Weaken Labor Law, Expected to Pass Senate Today

By: Monday February 6, 2012 9:35 am

The Senate will vote as early as today on whether to punish transportation unions in a bid to get Federal Aviation Administration authorization through 2015. The House already passed its version of what negotiators called a bipartisan compromise. But unions object to the deal and have gotten more vocal about it in recent days. The [...]

Eighteen Unions Blast Congress for FAA Compromise That Weakens Labor Law

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 9:35 am

A collection of 18 transportation unions have demanded that Congress reject a compromise measure on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Authorization bill which they say will hurt unions. Unions like the United Auto Workers, United Steelworkers, Teamsters, the International Association of Machinists, the Association of Flight Attendants (CWA) and more object to several hidden provisions [...]

Congressional Transportation Bills Mired in Squabbling Over Spending Cuts, Oil Drilling

By: Friday November 18, 2011 10:21 am

There are two big transportation-related bills awaiting completion in Congress. Yesterday Congress passed, and the President signed, the annual appropriations for the Department of Transportation, which included a zeroing out of funding for the Administration’s cherished high-speed rail project. The other two big measures are an FAA authorization bill, and a surface transportation bill. The [...]

Republicans Getting Credit in Media for Thinking About Doing Their Jobs

By: Friday October 14, 2011 10:16 am

Yesterday the House GOP continued its bold jobs agenda by passing a bill to ban abortion coverage in the health insurance exchanges. But on a parallel track, Republican leaders are also bringing forward additional measures that have a jobs component. House Republicans are doing an about-face, breathing life into expensive legislation long considered dead in [...]

Coburn Relents, FAA/Surface Transportation Bill Passes

By: Friday September 16, 2011 6:10 am

Last night, it didn’t look as if the Senate would be able to get the clean extension of both the FAA authorization and the surface transportation authorization before a deadline of today. Tom Coburn was holding up the bill in a fruitless crusade against bike paths. It’s a long story. Well, Coburn had a lot [...]

Coburn Feels Pressure on FAA Holdup

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 1:37 pm

Harry Reid went to the Senate floor this morning and accused Tom Coburn of stopping 80,000 Americans from working. It’s largely true: Coburn is blocking the consideration of the FAA and surface transportation authorization bill in time to avoid an expiration of FAA funding on Friday. I’m disappointed, however, in one of our Republican colleagues [...]

Tom Coburn Poised to Shut Down FAA Again

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 7:35 am

The attempt to meet looming deadlines and avoid shutdowns of part (or all) of the government resembles the aftermath of a car wreck right now. It’s unclear whether the Senate can move the broken-down vehicles off the road in time to let the traffic move through. Here’s what’s going on. The FAA authorization runs out [...]

House Passes FAA, Surface Transportation Funding

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 2:20 pm

The House of Representatives today passed by voice vote a bill that would extend both the FAA authorization and the surface transportation authorization ahead for several months (FAA until the end of January, surface transportation for six months until the end of March). This represents a significant victory for those who didn’t want to see [...]

Surface Transportation Funding Included With FAA Extension

By: Monday September 12, 2011 8:55 am

Last week I noted that House Republicans were clearing the decks of all the looming hostage-taking situations, with the pro forma debt limit resolution of disapproval failing, and the FAA authorization extended for a few months. Now it turns out that surface transportation will be tacked on to that FAA authorization, and at current levels [...]

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