However, it's the airport improvement projects and NextGen development being put on hold that could be an issue. The ATC system is being stretched awfully thin, both in technology (radar systems from the 70s) and staffing. Traffic loads are increasing and the system needs major updates to continue to service that much traffic. Airports need to be expanded to handle additional traffic also. These are employees you can go without... for a while. Eventually these things need to get done.
It's like cleaning the toilet. Yeah, you don't have to clean it every week... but you probably are better off doing so and you are going to have a bad time if you stop cleaning it for 3 months.
One of you will end up here next!
The Republicans don't want to renew airline subsidies, which has the Democrats pissed off and that's the reason the Democrats are sitting on the bill.Republicans and Democrats acknowledge that causes of the stalemate are twofold. Of immediate concern is language in Mica's proposal that would reduce or kill subsidies to rural airports, specifically targeting airports in Nevada, Montana and New Mexico -- three states with Democratic senators.
Washington remains torn on FAA shutdown - Aug. 3, 2011
Airline subsidies? The airlines aren't making enough money? The Democrats are putting people out of work over airline subsidies?
How many of the Libbos are going to step up and defend the Democrats, now?
The dispute is 100% about republican efforts to tie continued FAA funding to an effort to roll back union rules.
If this was really about $16.5 million in subsidies then the republicans should be horsewhipped. The shutdown has already cost the government over a billion dollars in loss revenue. They could pay those subsides for a 100 years and it wouldn't equal the revenue they've already lost.
It has everything to do with airline subsidies. The Democrats want the subsidies, while the Republicans are trying to cut all this spending. I
Wait, I thought the Leftists were opposed to subsidies!
Well, then maybe the friggin Democrats should have given way on the airline subsidies. The Dems are ****ing themselves on this one.If this was really about $16.5 million in subsidies then the republicans should be horsewhipped. The shutdown has already cost the government over a billion dollars in loss revenue. They could pay those subsides for a 100 years and it wouldn't equal the revenue they've already lost.
I think its hilarious that Dems are shutting down the FAA and costing the U.S. billions of dollars so they can preserve subsidies to major corporations.
Hypocrisy anyone ???
there was an attempt to pass a clean bill, to allow the FAA to receive its funding. that 'clean' bill eliminated any providions for elimination of union representation. it also contained no provision for the elimination of transit subsidies
Senate plan to end FAA shutdown falls apart : Kitsap Sun... Later, Rockefeller sought a vote on a "clean" bill to end the shutdown that didn't include any subsidy cuts or other policy provisions. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, blocked the vote, saying he was concerned about the labor issue, although the bill didn't contain a labor provision. ...
the cost of the subsidy program is $200 million annually. that is the amount the FCC loses weekly when it is prevented from receiving ticket taxes
it makes no fiscal sense to give up $200 million a week to "save" $200 million per year
the dems are refusing to take union rights away from employees who now have themI think its hilarious that Dems are shutting down the FAA and costing the U.S. billions of dollars so they can preserve subsidies to major corporations.
Hypocrisy anyone ???
as was pointed out above, there was an attempt to pass a clean bill to fund the FAA but that attempt was scuttled by the republicans
appears the republicans are willing to give up $200 million in weekly revenues to "save" $200 million per year in transit subsidies
but it gets worse. we are now expecting essential employees to cover their own work costs. the federal employee should NEVER be expected to subsidize the federal government
and the 'family friendly' republicans are willing to allow the 4,000 laid off wage employees to suffer while this goes unresolved; likewise the 70,000 employees laid off by the contractors who have received "stop work" orders
few will understand how expensive a stop work order is for the government to issue. when the work resumes, the government will have to pay for all the costs incurred during the stoppage, plus the additional monies required to re-start the project. that overhead, rental/lease expense, shrinkage of materials ... every cost the contractor would normally incur, except the direct labor wages ... will be passed on to the taxpayer as added expense of the job. like the additional ticket prices delta is now pocketing because the FAA is unable to collect them, this will be gravy to the construction companies
this is another in a long series of the republicans acting in a way opposing the wage earners' interests