Entries in FAA Reauthorization Bill (2)


House Passes FAA Reauthorization Despite Presidential Veto Threat  

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- The House Friday narrowly passed its own FAA reauthorization bill by a vote of 223-196.
Two Democrats crossed the aisle to support the bill’s passage, while 11 Republican lawmakers peeled off from the GOP Conference to oppose the bill.
The White House has already threatened a presidential veto against the House version of the bill that sets the funding levels for Federal Aviation Administration. The White House says that “operations and air traffic modernization represent significant reductions from levels proposed by the Administration” and “if funding were appropriated at the levels proposed in the bill, the safe and efficient movement of air traffic in the air and on the ground would be degraded.”
The Senate passed its bill more than a month ago. The two bills will now have to be reconciled in conference before they can go to the president’s desk for his signature.

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Health Care Repeal As Amendment to FAA Reauthorization Bill?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- GOP sources say the Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, plans to offer the health care repeal as an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill that Democrats are currently pushing on the Senate floor.

McConnell has steadfastly said the Senate will ultimately vote on the repeal bill despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s objections. At the same time, Republicans have acknowledged that it won’t pass due to the Democrats’ 53 to 47 majority.

Now the GOP is poised to push Democrats into allowing a full repeal vote. In the past few days Democrats have touted the FAA reauthorization as the “first jobs bill” of the new Congress and said it would save or create an estimated 280,000 jobs.

Reid has said he does not want to bring the health care repeal to a vote, but he has noted that the Senate GOP could use procedural means to force one.

The entire Senate Republican caucus is now united in support of the full repeal bill – all 47 GOP senators have signed on to it.

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