Rep. Mica Omits Union-Busting Push From Speech Whitewashing His FAA Shutdown

September 13, 2011 2:24 pm ET

From the September 13, 2011, session of the U.S. House of Representatives:

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REP. JOHN MICA: In response, again, enjoy working with the Ranking Member, Mr. Rahall, and just wanted to comment on his discussion of the shutdown, just for the record, the facts are that the House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote passed an FAA extension on July 20th, three days prior to the deadline, July 22nd, 2011. Fact: The FAA extension contained reductions in thousand-dollar-plus airline pork subsidies affecting only three airports. The language that we adopted from the Senate affected 10 airports within 90 miles. The Senate Democrats, after two weeks of forcing a partial FAA shutdown, meekly went to the Senate floor and in 71 seconds passed the House extension that was available. And the fact is that only pork — I grant myself 15 additional seconds — only pork ticket subsidies were excluded. The fact is that the Democrats controlled the United States House and Senate for four years, letting FAA authorization expire in 2007, forcing 17 extensions, and even with the presidency, from 2009 until the beginning of this year, were unable to pass FAA legislation.


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