In the article referenced by Media Matters on Wednesday, Mica wrote that “Democratic Senate leaders chose to demagogue the issue and attempted to cast blame.
“Do not buy the Democrat line that this extension included any labor provisions when in fact it only addressed pork-laden subsidies for a handful of airports,” Mica wrote. “The American people and I are tired of Congress’ inaction in addressing important policy issues. I am determined to do everything possible to help move important legislation forward, whether it’s the long-term FAA reauthorization, a surface transportation reauthorization, or any other measures to benefit our nation’s infrastructure.”
The partial shutdown of the FAA was projected to have
cost the federal government $30 million per day as taxes on airplane
ticket sales that are normally paid were not authorized to be collected
until Congress passed a funding bill for the agency.
In addition to the furloughed FAA employees, about 70,000 construction employees were estimated to have been put out of work when airport construction projects were stalled during the impasse.