House rejects Obama-backed labor amendment in FAA bill
The House on Friday also rejected three other amendments to the FAA bill, and then approved the bill in its entirety in a 223-196 vote. That vote sends the bill to the Senate, which is only considering a two-year extension, compared to the four-year extension authorized by the House bill.
By a 207-215 vote, the House rejected an amendment from Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) that would allow the transfer of ownership of a road from a New Mexico county to a company. During Thursday debate, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) argued this is an earmark because it benefits a specific entity in Pearce’s district.
By a 178-243 vote, the House rejected an amendment from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that would allow some airports to set nighttime curfews.
The House also rejected an amendment from Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) that would have prevented FAA funding from being used to enforce Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements in FAA contracts. That amendment fell in a 183-238 vote, as 51 Republicans stood with all Democrats in opposition.
The House approved one amendment Friday from Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) that would require the FAA to take different segments of the aviation industry when writing regulations and doing cost/benefit analyses before issuing regulations. This amendment was approved in a 215-209 vote.
— This story was updated at 12:42 p.m.