Congress adjourns without extending FAA reauthorization

08/3/2011 | CNN · Wall Street Journal, The

Because of partisan differences, lawmakers did not take action to end the impasse on reauthorizing the FAA before the Senate went on recess. President Barack Obama criticized Congress in a speech for not resolving the situation. "It's another Washington-inflicted wound on America, and Congress needs to break that impasse now -- hopefully, before the Senate adjourns -- so these folks can get back to work," Obama said before the recess. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, "Republicans have tried to eliminate [rural airport subsidies], and that's the ransom they are asking for." Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., countered, "Apparently, protecting outrageous airline ticket subsidies is more important than putting 4,000 furloughed FAA employees and thousands of airport construction workers across the country back to work."

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