Harry Reid finally reads the bill

As you know, on Friday, the Senate passed the House version of the temporary extension of the FAA authorization. Senator Harry Reid (D. Nv.) finally let the House bill come to the Senate floor.  So, after two weeks of furlough, the FAA is now back in business, at least until September 16.  But, here is what you may not know.

Democrats in the Senate now are claiming that they agreed to the House bill because the Republicans in the House agreed that the Secretary of Transportation could “waive” any cut off of federal subsidies to small airports if such a cut off would harm the community. 

The Republicans compromised is the inference.

Not true…the “waiver” provision was in the House bill all along. 

Granted, it is the last clause in the monstrously long 6 page House bill, but, here is what it says:

(d) Waivers- The Secretary may waive subsection (a)(1)(B) with respect to a location if the Secretary determines that the geographic characteristics of the location result in undue difficulty in accessing the nearest medium or large hub airport.

That was the language of the House bill as passed on July 20.

Why do I feel as if I am imposing when I ask our lawmakers to actually read a proposed bill before they either pass it, or refuse to pass it?


10 replies
  1. TomL
    TomL says:

    I read this and then went back and re-read the other post from August 4th and listened to the video and all I can say is ‘ My goodness’?We are doomed

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    They should be able to read it and comprehend it, such that they can competently defend their decisions to support/oppose it.
    We see none of that now.

  3. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    SOS, you feel as if you are imposing because they see you as imposing. Serfs don’t question the Lords……..For now.?

  4. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    Ha…”monstrously long 6 page House bill”…God bless your sarcastic sense of humor, SOS.? It’s monstrously entertaining.
    Fluency:? ability to read text accurately and quickly.? Apparently the senate can do neither.

  5. SeeingRed
    SeeingRed says:

    Honestly – why read a Bill when you are told what way to vote? anyway?? Our system is broken and as a result, broke.

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