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Coburn Threatens Shutdown Of FAA, Putting Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs At Risk Nationwide

AS FRIDAY DEADLINE LOOMS TO PREVENT FURLOUGHS, COBURN INSISTS ON ADDING PET PROVISION TO FAA EXTENSION WITH NO HEARINGS AND NO VOTE

LOCAL NEWS IN OKLAHOMA REPORTING ON COBURN’S OBSTRUCTION—160 WORKERS IN HIS OWN STATE WOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE JOB IF COBURN FORCES FAA SHUTDOWN

Coburn Blocking FAA/Highway Bill In Order to Get Pet Provision Slipped Into the Bill.  Senator Tom Coburn is objecting to proceeding to the FAA/Highway bill, insisting on having a provision of his slipped into the bill without a vote or a hearing on the issue.  Coburn said he would use “all procedural tools at his disposal.”  [Tulsa Oklahoman, 9/15/11; Bloomberg, 9/13/11]

Coburn Twice Voted For Highway Reauthorization Bill That Contained Program He Now Insists on Cutting.  In 2005, when Republicans were in control of the Congress and the White House, Coburn twice voted for the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill.  The bill Coburn voted for contained the provision that he is now holding the Highway/FAA bill up over. [Vote 220, 7/29/05; Vote 125, 5/17/05]

When Given an Up or Down Vote on His Amendment it Failed 39-59.  In September 2009 Coburn was given a vote on his amendment to end TE funding.  Coburn’s amendment failed 39-59. [Vote 277, 9/16/09]

 

COBURN FEELING THE HEAT BACK HOME:

VIDEO: Local KWTV in Oklahoma City Says Coburn’s Objection Could Put Thousands of Workers Out Of Jobs” “Well the FAA facing the threat of another partial shutdown thanks to the objections of Oklahoma US Senator Coburn. … If the measure does not pass by tomorrow the FAA’s current operating authority will expire forcing a partial shutdown, putting thousands of workers out of jobs and depriving the government of $30 million dollars a day in uncollected airline ticket taxes.” [KWTV, 9/15/11]

 

VIDEO: Local KOCO In Oklahoma City Says Senator Coburn’s Objections “Force Thousands Of Airport Employees To Stay Off The Job” “And Senator Tom Coburn’s objections to a bill could force thousands of airport employees to stay off the job” [KOCO, 9/15/11]

 

VIDEO: Local KOTV in Tulsa Says The FAA Is Facing the Threat Of Another Partial Shutdown “Due to the Objections Of Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn”The FAA facing the threat of another partial shutdown, and that is due to the objections of Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn. Senator Coburn refuses to give his consent on the stopgap transportation bill as it is now written because he would like to change parts of it…current operating authority is going to expire, and that would force another partial shutdown, which would put thousands of workers on furlough and deprive the government of $30 million a day in uncollected airline ticket taxes” [KOTV, 9/15/11]

 

VIDEO: Local TV Station KJRH in Tulsa Said Coburn’s Objection Could Force Another FAA  Shutdown By Tomorrow. “An objection from Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn and a procedural tie-up could force another partial shutdown of the FAA by tomorrow.” [KJRH, 9/15/11]

 

The Oklahoman Said Coburn’s ‘Line In The Sand’ Could Mean Another Partial Shutdown Of The FAA” “Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s ‘line in the sand’ could mean another partial shutdown of the FAA if situation isn’t resolved by Friday. Coburn on Wednesday blocked fast-track consideration of a bill to keep money flowing to the FAA and the nation’s highway departments.” [The Oklahoman, 9/15/11]

 

AND FROM FELLOW REPUBLICANS

Republican Senator Hutchinson Criticized Coburn for Holding up FAA Bill. “I’m hoping that Sen. Coburn will understand the urgency of where we can address his concerns to let him have a vote.  I don’t think you can ever require acceptance of something in a 100-person body  I don’t think he can ask for the amendment to be accepted without a vote. I want FAA to pass without any delays. It’s too costly.”[ Politico, 9/15/11]

 

COBURN’S MOVE THREATENS JOBS IN HIS OWN STATE:

If Highway Bill Expires, More Than 22,000 Jobs Would Be At Risk in Oklahoma. If the Surface Transportation bill expires this month, approximately 22,454 jobs would be at risk in Oklahoma alone. Nationwide, more than 1.8 million jobs will be at risk if this bill expires. [EPW, 9/1/11]

If Federal Aviation Administration Shuts Down, 160 FAA Employees Would Be Furloughed in Oklahoma Alone, With Thousands More Construction Workers Forced Off the Job.    [Federal Aviation Administration]

Nearly 1/3 of Oklahoma’s Bridges Are In Desperate Need of Repair. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 32% of Oklahoma’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and 40% of Oklahoma’s major roads are rated in poor or mediocre condition. In addition, 150 of Oklahoma’s 4,427 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.  [ASCE Report Card]

Last Partial FAA Shutdown Delayed “Critical” Piece of Infrastructure, Impacting More than 13,000 Jobs. “With the partial shutdown of the FAA, the government is not collecting the excise tax on tickets, [Tulsa International Airport Director] Mulder said. ‘That hurts us long term. The runway project is a $70 million project and the lack of federal funds means it will take six years to reconstruct the runway instead of one year.’  The runway is one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in northeast Oklahoma, Mulder said. More than 13,000 jobs are directly and indirectly affected by the airport. ‘It supports all those jobs here. It is a critical piece of infrastructure,’ Mulder said.” [Journal Record, 7/27/11]

 

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