“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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.