Insiders Say Another CR Is The Most Likely Outcome
Washington insiders are saying that it's very likely that the
U.S. Congress will not be able to come up with a compromise on
long-term funding for the FAA, and that a 23rd continuing
resolution (CR) will be passed to keep the agency open beyond
The sticking point is still the labor provisions included in the
House version of the bill, which would require that those not
voting in union elections be counted as "no" votes, rather than
basing the outcome on the number of votes cast. The National
Mediation Board (NMB) changed its rules earlier this year to not
count those not voting, and House Republicans included an amendment
in its version of the bill to change the rules back.
Fox News reports that the continuing stalemate over the union
provision will likely keep legislators from arriving at a
compromise solution. Sources on Capitol Hill report that Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Speaker of the House John
Boehner (R-OH) are personally working on the bill, but the U.S.
House only has six legislative days on the schedule for the entire
month of January.