Lawmaker: Stalemate over union issue may lead to FAA shutdown

A labor provision in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill could lead to another shutdown of the agency, says Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Republican lawmakers support a provision that would overturn a National Mediation Board rule allowing airline and railroad employees to form unions by a simple majority vote. Rockefeller said House Republicans refuse to compromise on the provision, but a spokesman for Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says he continues to be willing to compromise on all aspects of the bill.

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