By Keith Laing - 08/01/11 07:24 PM EDT
The House passed its 20th extension, but added cuts to Essentail Air Services (EAS) subsidies for three airports in the home states of Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Reid10 most expensive House races McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Politicians can’t afford to ignore Latinos MORE (D-Nev.) and Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.).
Some observers called the proposed cuts a political strike at the Democratically-controlled Senate, though Mica has denied the standoff has anything to do about labor because the National Mediation Board rules at issue are not addressed in the short-term legislation.
Staffers for the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said a new proposal could begin moving in the chamber as early as Monday.
"At that point, the EAS issue would clearly be off the table and if the House still refuses to act it will be crystal clear that this whole exercise on their part was nothing but a political stunt to gain 'leverage' against worker right issues," the committee said in an email to reporters.