REALITY CHECK: Rep. Mica Rewrites History, Politics Of His FAA Shutdown
In a letter to the editor of the Florida Times-Union last Friday, Rep. John Mica (R-FL) attempted to rewrite the reasons behind the recent shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. Unfortunately for the Republican transportation chairman, the real reasons are well documented: Mica led the GOP's effort last spring to revert to an old, anti-labor rule for union elections in FAA-regulated industries, and when Democrats rejected that move it became necessary to pass another short-term extension of FAA authority. With that short-term extension expiring, and Congress set to recess for the rest of August, Mica attempted to gain political leverage for the anti-union rule by including a cut to rural airport subsidies which would impact airports in states represented by Democratic senators. We know that Mica's move was about leverage and not policy because he said so himself, on the record.