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FAA impasse unlikely to end soon

August 3, 2011 A quick fix to the Federal Aviation Administration's partial shutdown this week appears unlikely unless the Senate is prepared to agree unanimously to a six-week stopgap bill that was passed by the House a few weeks ago. And that probably won't happen. House Speaker John Boehner has refused to ask ...

FAA partial shutdown continues

August 2, 2011 Despite hours of back-and-forth talks among Senate leaders, Majority Leader Harry Reid has thrown in the towel on reaching agreement to end a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration. Reid was on the verge of ending the standoff Tuesday, but he was unsuccessful in winning support for a House ...

End to FAA mess in sight

August 2, 2011 The partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration could end on Tuesday if Senate leaders are successful in winning support for a House bill that would extend the agency's funding through mid-September. The House passed the stopgap FAA measure several weeks ago over the objection of Democrats, who said that ...

House plans to recess without funding FAA

August 1, 2011 The partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration will drag on until September because Republican leaders are planning to adjourn the House for its August recess without waiting for a bill to fund the agency from the Senate. The Senate is preparing to pass a clean stopgap funding bill on ...

Need ‘compromise’ or FAA won’t function, Transportation secretary says

July 28, 2011 The debt-ceiling crisis has knocked off the front pages a government situation that's just as messed up and mirrors the broader stalemate in Washington. The Federal Aviation Administration has been in partial shutdown for almost a week since lawmakers failed to extend its funding last Friday. It's becoming a familiar ...

FAA furloughs 4,000 employees as Congress fails to provide funding

July 22, 2011 The Federal Aviation Administration shut down partially, starting at midnight on Friday, after lawmakers failed to reach a last-minute agreement on a stopgap funding measure for the agency. Air traffic control systems remained in operation, and employees doing those jobs will be fully paid. Until Congress acts, the FAA will ...

Green cards offered as solution for high-tech firms

March 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow High-tech companies got a rare opportunity on Thursday to make their case to Congress on the H-1B visa program for temporary skilled foreign workers, but got some interference when other groups argued for an easier green card program instead. The House Judiciary Committee's Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee also got ...

With reauthorization in the air, Mica cuts up on FAA

March 31, 2011 Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., is just a guy trying to get a job done. If a looming government shutdown doesn't overwhelm his House colleagues, his bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration should be completed by Friday. Emphasis on "should." Mica is just relaying what he hears ...

Former Amtrak inspector general accused of inappropriate lobbying

March 25, 2011 It's considered outside the bounds of an independent government inspector to lobby Congress on legislation, but Amtrak's former inspector general Fred Weiderhold has been accused of that by the Transportation Department's inspector general and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. Weiderhold was the key player in $450 million for ...

Arizona sues feds over border ‘failure’

February 11, 2011 Arizona filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal government for failure to achieve or maintain operational control of its border with Mexico and for allowing an "invasion" of illegal immigrants into the state that "cannot bear the staggering cost of protecting itself." The suit is the state's response to the ...