By Keith Laing
The House is working Monday on amending a payroll tax holiday extension that was recently passed by the Senate, but the lobbying group for airports said Monday — in rhyme — that the lower chamber should stop and go home.
Airports Council International-North America Vice President for Government and Political Affairs Jane Calderwood offered a humorous take on the poem " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" in a post on the association's blog Monday. In it, she said lawmakers had done enough to the aviation industry in 2011, referencing a shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration this summer.
The full ACI-NA poem is below:
Its days before Christmas
The Senate is gone
But the House continues
To keep hanging on
They’ve funded the government
Extended the extensions
And passed the majority of bills
They’ve named post offices
And talked and talked about jobs
And we long ago lost count
Of all the bombs they have lobbed
They shut down the FAA and
Failed to cut spending
And their complaints about each other
Seem never ending
So please dash away, dash away, dash away all
Go home and be quiet, we all need a rest
We’ll see you in January
When you return to fix this mess.
The House does not appear likely to take the advice; GOP leaders have signaled they oppose the payroll tax legislation they received from the Senate. The short-term bill that funds the FAA is scheduled to run out in January.