Fw: POLITICO's Morning Transportation: House's highway-drilling bill put off till next year - Mica hopes FAA issues jump to leadership - Boeing deal with Washington might help S.C. plant - T&I Dems to unveil jobs bill
- The Republicans are getting ready for another vacation December 16 until January 03,2012,How many of the Average gets 4 or 5 months vacation or at least 2 weeks every red letter day?
Congress and the Senate takes so much time off from work nothing can be done in Washington,either by not working or the slowdown of bills because of republicans don’t want President Obama to get anything done,while Thousands of Americans are out of work.
Congress never starts work until Tuesday of each week and stop working on a Thursday of every week.making them work 3 days a week or less,unless they are taking a trip overseas with there family,just wasting tax dollars and doing nothing because they can. Trips should be limits on how many they take and be necessary only.
The Voters of this country needs to demand that congress works a 40 hour week and no more then 5 weeks vacation a year,The salary these people get and they work less then 1/2 time is wasteful spending of tax dollars.
The USA is in a mess because of Congress not working or giving into the bush 8 years of hell that put our country near bankrupt with 2 wars because of bush lies without funding,and no-bid contracts,and losing billion of Dollars without any hearing, how,or why money was lost.
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Subject: POLITICO's Morning Transportation: House's highway-drilling bill put off till next year - Mica hopes FAA issues jump to leadership - Boeing deal with Washington might help S.C. plant - T&I Dems to unveil jobs bill
By Adam Snider and Burgess Everett
HOUSE SLOWS HIGHWAY-DRILLING BILL: A highway-drilling combo bill won't come up until next year, House leaders have told Transportation Chairman John Mica. Floor time is a precious commodity in the waning days of the 2011 session, so the decision was made to put it off until January, Mica told reporters. "The problem is they want to get out on [Dec.] 16th so it makes it very difficult to complete the whole process," he said.
"This fairness crap": Mica told reporters that part of the delay comes from House rules and the tradition of giving members time to work out their issues - which he jokingly said is a problem. "It looks like to be fair to everybody, and I hate this fairness - this fairness crap has to stop - to be fair with the rules and everybody getting a say in the amendment process they just anticipate they need more time," he said.
FAA MEETING TODAY - For real this time: The "big four" aviation lawmakers will meet today to get an update on the FAA bill, a day later than they had originally planned, Mica told reporters. "It's my hope that meeting will result in any unresolved issues being presented to leadership and then be resolved," he said. "It's getting down to - should be at half a dozen [issues] - hopefully less by the time we meet."
RAIL STRIKE - House action coming: A rail labor strike could be coming next Tuesday as two labor unions have rejected a monthlong extension of contract negotiations. The House is set to act before then on a resolution (text: http://bit.ly/t9XMg4) that would avert a strike and enact - through 2014 - the recommendations of an emergency presidential commission (http://bit.ly/vJMkRN) that formed compromises on wage and other disputes. The Contra Costa Times has the full back story: http://bit.ly/rYipbG
BOEING LABOR DEAL COULD SIGNAL END OF NLRB GRIEVANCE: The Machinists union has recommended taking the aerospace company's four-year labor extension offer, potentially ending blistering GOP attacks on the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB filed a complaint against Boeing in April, saying a new plant in South Carolina (a right-to-work state) was retaliation for union activities in Washington state. That complaint could be dropped if the Machinists take Boeing's offer. Palmetto State Republicans reacted skeptically. Lindsey Graham said he would welcome a labor deal that results in the NLRB dropping its complaint, but has other concerns. "It would be terrible if the NLRB has become a hammer in negotiating." Our story: http://politi.co/ubSXbo
GOOD THURSDAY MORNING AND WELCOME TO DECEMBER. Thanks for reading POLITICO's Morning Transportation, your daily tipsheet on the wide world of planes, trains, automobiles and hang gliders. If it moves, it's news. Send tips, news and more to asnider@... and beverett@.... If you don't already, follow us at @BurgessEv and @AdamKSnider.
Move to the center of the train - the doors are closing ...
SNEAK NONPEEK: House Transportation Democrats will unveil a jobs proposal this morning. Ranking member Nick Rahall will be joined by top subcommittee Dems at the 10 a.m. presser. Rahall wouldn't dish out any details, but told MT with a laugh that "it's going to be a good jobs bill - American jobs."
TRANSIT MARKUP SHOULD COME BEFORE RECESS: Senate Banking Committee ranking member Richard Shelby told MT that Chairman Tim Johnson's timeline for markup of the committee's portion of a proposed two-year surface transportation bill was "pushing the envelope" as winter recess looms for Congress. "I figure we'll be here until the 16th," Shelby said of the closing window. A Senate source confirmed the transit portion of the bill is on track for markup in the next couple weeks.
GOP PUTTING BRAKES ON TRUCKER RULE: Tighter hours-of-service rules for drivers proposed by the Obama administration are backed by Democrats but are drawing GOP attacks, giving the White House a fork in the road. Though Republican Jim Jordan said, "The rule appears to be a solution in search of a problem," a trucking firm president said he has "a moral obligation to make sure that our drivers operate in a safe fashion." Adam has the rest: http://politi.co/vpo1jS
SHARING INFORMATION KEY TO DIVERSION PLANNING: Aviation power players and bedraggled transportation reporters descended on DOT's Southeast D.C. HQ on Wednesday for a forum on how to better handle diverted flights. Among the ideas pitched to attendants by FAA deputy administrator Michael Huerta were: A comprehensive, real-time Web portal with airport information; inclusion of small airports in planning teleconferences; identifying which incoming flights are diverted and which are regularly scheduled with data tags; coordinating equipment outages; and airport contingency plans, which airlines already have. All but the data tag idea received broad forum support, and the FAA says it is working to put the events recommendations into effect ASAP.
A driving force for the forum was a rare October snowstorm that caused 134 flights to be diverted in the New York area and the Northeast, many to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, explained FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. A "domino effect" stemming from bad weather, airport maintenance and airlines acting independently with little communication caused the Oct. 29 turmoil that left some passengers stranded on tarmacs and at unfamiliar airports. Babbitt said better information would've prevented gridlock at Bradley, and noted another factor: "When New York gets the sniffles, the rest of the country gets the cold."
STUDY TALLIES THE WORST DRIVERS: Tying together numbers on drunk driving, fatal crashes and traffic tickets, carinsurancecomparison.com's data suggests that Louisiana has the worst drivers in the country. Here's the bottom 10 states according to the survey: 10. South Carolina, 9. Alabama, 8. Montana, 7. Kentucky, 6. Arizona, 5. Oklahoma, 4. Florida, 3. Texas, 2. Missouri, 1. Louisiana. Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts fared the best in the study. And in our own survey of the survey, eight of the 10 blurbs written about the worst-driving states end in exclamation points! More here: http://bit.ly/rSCnmf
FROM ARLINGTON DOWN TO SOUTHSIDE: Virginia will hold a statewide transportation conference in Norfolk, Va., from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9. Gov. Bob McDonnell will address the conference on Dec. 8. "The long-running search for agreement on a sustainable source of new road revenue remains one of the more intractable issues in the General Assembly even as maintenance and construction costs rise," reports HamptonRoads.com: http://bit.ly/udZaog
TRANSIT FARE CONUNDRUM: "Funding public transit is one of the biggest problems facing cities today. Often the trouble is that a few high-cost, low-ridership routes drag down an entire system. That puts policymakers in a tough spot. They might eliminate these unprofitable lines, as has been suggested before, but in doing so they would harm a considerable number of people who rely on that service as their primary mode of transportation." The Atlantic Cities: http://bit.ly/tlssoU
THE AUTOBAHN (SPEED READ)
- Metro faces an $124 million shortfall. Cue fare raise talk. WaPo: http://wapo.st/umoJFf
- The system also says 8 inches of snow is no longer an automatic trigger to shutting down above-ground service. Examiner: http://bit.ly/u2jtFr
- 2011's freak weather is costing millions of dollars in infrastructure repairs. Transportation Nation: http://bit.ly/tAQ1HE
- UAW considers a protest or even a strike in Orion Township, Mich. Free Press: http://on.freep.com/t3SspW
- San Diego fears being squeezed out of Cali's HSR plans. SignsOnSanDiego: http://bit.ly/sqeQ89
WATCH YOUR NETWORKS: President Obama declared December Critical Infrastructure Month. The president said during the month, Americans must take into account "the growing threat cyberattacks present to our transportation networks." http://politi.co/u66psD
MT POLL - Best subway? Which system is the best? C'mon New Yorkers, D.C. is blowing away the competition. Vote here: http://bit.ly/rXlRFr
THE COUNTDOWN: Highway and transit policy runs out in 122 days, FAA in 62 days and DOT funding in 304 days. It's been 738 days (and eight extensions) since SAFETEA-LU expired, and 1,523 days (and 22 extensions) since the last FAA bill.
SOMETHING MORE SHOCKING THAN YOUR WIRELESS BILL: The TSA identified a stun gun carried by a passenger at LAX that was disguised as a cellphone on Monday. The passenger was allowed to continue on to DCA after giving it up. "As you can see, along with the 1,100-plus guns that have been detected this year alone, TSA also detects a variety of weapons, some of which are deliberately crafted to look like harmless everyday items", the TSA told us. http://politi.co/vWv0JZ
CABOOSE - Fun Interstate facts: The Federal Highway Administration has a lengthy history of the Interstate Highway System - including some fun lists of longest and shortest routes, which states have the most miles (Texas) and more. FHWA: http://1.usa.gov/sjneGy
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