House Passes FAA Fix

Posted April 26, 2013 at 2:11pm

Despite a vigorous debate on the House floor prior to the vote, a bill to prevent flight delays from sequestration-related budget cuts passed the House with a large bipartisan majority.

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., decried the bill and voted against it “because it fails to address the whole impact of sequester.”

He was one of only 29 Democrats to vote against the bill, which passed 361-41 and secured the necessary two-thirds majority it needed under suspension of the rules.

During the House debate, Republicans mocked the protestations on Twitter, with David Popp — a spokesman for Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas — likening Democratic dissenting voices to indiscriminate “loud noises,” a reference to a recent comedic movie.

The bill will explicitly allow the Federal Aviation Administration to shift funds from other areas to avoid furloughs for air traffic controllers, preventing further flight delays.

Earlier Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., sought to build support for the measure by saying that Senate Democrats “caved” to public pressure when that chamber passed its bill by unanimous consent with no debate on Thursday evening.