Media Matters: Mica revising history on FAA shutdown

Unfortunately for the Republican transportation chairman, the real reasons are well documented: Mica led the GOPs effort last spring to revert to an old, anti-labor rule for union elections in FAA-regulated industries, and when Democrats rejected that move it became necessary to pass another short-term extension of FAA authority, the article continued. With that short-term extension expiring, and Congress set to recess for the rest of August, Mica attempted to gain political leverage for the anti-union rule by including a cut to rural airport subsidies which would impact airports in states represented by Democratic senators. We know that Micas move was about leverage and not policy because he said so himself, on the record.

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 its the long-term FAA reauthorization, a surface transportation reauthorization, or any other measures to benefit our nations 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.