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House leaders prepare new continuing resolutions

November 19, 2003 House GOP leaders are readying at least two more continuing resolutions -- the first to fund government agencies not covered by already enacted fiscal 2004 spending bills through the middle of next week, and the second to last through January and possibly into February, lawmakers and aides said Wednesday. The ...

Senate Democrats say they can block FAA reauthorization

November 17, 2003 The Senate was scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on the conference committee report on legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, although Democrats maintained they had enough votes to sustain a filibuster by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. Lautenberg has led Democrats in opposing the bill because he believes it allows ...

Senators ask FAA chief for moratorium on privatization

November 14, 2003 A bipartisan group of senators Thursday sent a letter to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey requesting the agency impose a one-year moratorium on any private contracting of air traffic control towers. Last week, the White House rejected a similar one-year hold on privatization, which has emerged as the most contentious issue ...

GAO calls for more streamlined, transparent Postal Service

November 6, 2003 The head of the General Accounting Office demanded "more specificity and more transparency" Wednesday from the United States Postal Service, as the nation's cash-strapped mail service examines possible reform efforts. In the second of a series of Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearings on reforming the postal service, GAO Comptroller General ...

FAA bill allowing privatization passes on close House vote

October 31, 2003 After a struggle lasting for months, the House voted Thursday to approve a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization measure over objections from Democrats and concern from some Republicans that the bill would allow the privatization of air traffic control towers. In a mostly partisan vote of 211-207, lawmakers approved the bill ...

Privatization language likely to be stripped from FAA bill

October 28, 2003 The FAA reauthorization will likely be sent back to a House-Senate conference committee Tuesday night, potentially paving the way for Republicans to strip language from the bill that allows privatization of some air traffic control workers. The House Rules Committee will vote Tuesday on a motion to recommit the reauthorization, ...

GOP backs off FAA privatization, but Dems seek more

October 22, 2003 Republicans may be ready to strip air traffic control privatization language from the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, but Democrats still maintain that the original anti-privatization provision passed by the House and Senate must be reinserted for the bill to pass. Senate Commerce Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Trent Lott, R-Miss., said ...

GOP confident on FAA bill, but privatization issues unresolved

October 20, 2003 With Federal Aviation Administration funding set to expire when the current continuing resolution ends Oct. 31, Republican conferees are confident they will garner enough votes to reauthorize the agency and its programs this week or next. One GOP source said reauthorization is "very imminent" and conferees would not need another ...

Foes attack idea of exempting control towers from privatization

October 17, 2003 Opponents of air-traffic-control privatization sharply criticized a proposal Thursday to protect certain control towers from privatization, in an effort to secure votes for Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation. The plan, floated this week by House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., would remove almost half the airports ...

White House urges Dems to allow vote on EPA nominee

October 14, 2003 The White House Tuesday urged Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to allow a vote on the nomination of Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt to be Environmental Protection Agency administrator. "We are urging the Senate to move forward in a bipartisan way, to vote him out of committee ...