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?