8/3/2011

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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