“I do not understand how the fixation of one airline can be seen as paramount in such that the House would shut down the FAA to get its way,” he said Monday in a speech.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) has acknowledged that the labor obstacle is now in the hands of leadership of both parties.
The latest extension expires Feb. 1, and the labor hang-up is frustrating other airlines that want to see a fully funded four-year bill to provide certainty for capital projects like the so-called NextGen air traffic control upgrade.
On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C.-based Communications Workers of America, which is affiliated with the flight attendants union, went on the attack, calling Delta the “airline of the one-percent” for its efforts to lobby lawmakers.
The letter went to Cantor, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and 14 other House Members. Four Republican Senators also received the disclosure demand — Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.