Senate To Vote Tuesday On Cloture For S.1300 | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.22.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.21.14 **
** Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne/NBAA2014 10.20.14 **

Fri, May 02, 2008

Senate To Vote Tuesday On Cloture For S.1300

Would End Debate On Amendments To FAA Funding Bill

Don't expect meaningful progress on the Senate's FAA funding bill until early next week. CNN reports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has scheduled a May 6 procedural vote on the matter, effectively setting a deadline for lawmakers to stop quibbling over which amendments should be added to the bill.

As ANN reported Thursday, debate on S.1300 came to a screeching halt this week, after lawmakers clashed over an amendment setting stricter rules for airline contributions to their employee pension funds. When debate to end that loophole was dropped, attention turned to a slew of unrelated riders lawmakers attempted to attach to the bill, including a boost to highway spending.

Reid's cloture vote adds impetus for lawmakers to resolve their differences... but there remains the possibility Republican lawmakers could block the cloture vote, unless an agreement is reached over what amendments could be considered for the bill.

"Republicans would like to continue debating this bill so that it can be improved, but the majority locked it up and have taken a my-way-or-the-highway approach," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY.)

So far, not a single amendment has been added to the FAA reauthorization bill... as lawmakers failed to reach agreement over which amendments should be voted on.

The Senate FAA reauthorization plan had been stalled in committee since last September, until a compromise between Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and John Rockefeller (D-WV) -- chairmen of the Senate Finance and Commerce Committees, respectively -- broke the logjam, and permitted the bill to reach the Senate floor Monday. The House of Representatives approved its version of the funding bill over seven months ago.

Lawmakers have criticized Reid, saying he's only allowing amendments he favors to reach the floor. In addition to blocking Republican-backed amendments, Reid's procedural maneuvering -- called "filling the tree" -- also blocked an amendment favored by Baucus to restore earlier pension bill language for domestic airlines, forcing them to fully fund benefits.

"Our deal was undone, and Reid backstopped that by filling the tree," said one unnamed Senate Finance Committee staffer.

FMI: www.senate.gov, www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Game-Changing NBAA2014 Sponsor Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics!

Innovation Brings Safe, Certified, Nanophosphate® Lithium Batteries To New Business Aircraft True Blue Power is the first company in the world to achieve FAA TSO and EASA ETSO >[...]

Embraer’s Legacy 500 Receives FAA Certification

EASA Certification Expected Later This Year The FAA handed over certification papers for Embraer's Legacy 500 executive jet during a ceremony at the National Business Aviation Asso>[...]

Airborne at NBAA--10.21.14: NBAA2014 Opens, Eclipse Update, FJ44 TBO Increase

Also: Shuster/Hart Address NBAA, Gogo Means Business, BBJ Maxes Out, Hartzell Pulls Its Weight The NBAA Opening General Session featured two well-known names from Washington. Repre>[...]

Airborne at NBAA-10.22.14: Legacy 500, Universal InSight, BendixKing AeroWave

Also: GE Honda, Sagem's Active SideStick, Syberjet Update, Techno Aerospace Knows How to Party The FAA handed over certification papers for Embraer's Legacy 500 executive jet durin>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.14)

Experimental Balloon and Airship Association A loose congregation of aeronauts who have built, are flying or own any sort of Experimental, Ultralight or Homebuilt Lighter-Than-Air >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC