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How It’s Playing: Democrats Introduce First Jobs Bill Of The New Congress

As Republicans continue to focus on the past and fight pointless political battles, Senate Democrats are introducing common-sense legislation that will create or protect 280,000 jobs while modernizing our air travel infrastructure. The airline industry accounts for nearly 11 million American jobs, and the FAA Reauthorization Act provides the industry with the resources it needs to remain strong and continue hiring. This is the kind of common-sense solution that creates good-paying jobs and makes America more competitive.

Politico: “All About Jobs.” “If it wasn’t clear before, Senate Democrats wanted to leave no doubt Monday: The aviation bill they’re tackling this week is all about jobs – 280,000 to be exact. ‘If there was ever a jobs bill, this is it,’ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on a conference call. ‘It’s a big jobs creator,’ Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) chimed in.” LINK

Associated Press: Senate Democrats Pitching Aviation, Airport Construction Bill As A Jobs Program. “Democratic leaders brought an aviation bill that authorizes $8 billion for airport construction to the Senate floor on Monday, pitching it as a jobs measure in keeping with President Barack Obama’s call to boost the economy through transportation projects. The American Association of Airport Executives estimated the airport construction funds will support 90,000 current or new jobs and have a beneficial spinoff effect on the employment of another 190,000 workers.” LINK

CNN:  “Democrats Are Selling This As Completely About The Jobs.”“Democrats are selling this as completely about the jobs. The Democrats say they’ll take to this to the floor today. It’s really about $8 billion that they’re saying would actually help out with the airports, get this money to the FAA so that they can improve the infrastructure of airports, and golly don’t we know some airports that could use some of that funding. They’re pointing to an American Association of Airport Executives estimate saying these construction funds would play the part in 280,000 jobs.” [CNN Newsroom 1/31/11]

The Hill: FAA Bill Will “Support 280,000 Jobs.” “Senate Democratic leaders are expecting to pass an aviation measure this week, hailing it as a bill that would support 280,000 jobs.  The two-year, $34.5 billion measure to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration includes $8 billion for airport construction that will support the employment of 90,000 workers and affect another 190,000 jobs, lawmakers said Monday during a conference call with reporters… For every $1 billion in federal funds — assuming 20 percent in local matching funds — 35,000 jobs are created, according to Chip Barclay, president of the AAAE. ” LINK

First Read: “The Quick Pivot On Jobs.” “Senate Democrats are holding a conference call to push for reauthorization of the nation’s aviation/airport programs, which they’re calling ‘the first jobs bill of the 112th Congress.’ But as we’ve noted before, it’s striking how congressional Republicans haven’t made this pivot yet. There two big pushes this month (health care repeal and spending cuts) are, they argue, related to the jobs issue. But is that what the public in the middle of the electorate is hearing, or is it just the GOP base listening to that argument?” LINK

National Journal: “The Senate Is Already Framing This As Going To Create 100,000 Jobs.”“This week, the Senate is going to have a vote on a bill, an FAA authorization policy bill. The Senate is already framing this as going to create 100,000 jobs. This will create jobs. Meanwhile, look at what the House is doing, led by the Republicans. According to Senate Democrats,  the House is taking action to pull people’s health care away; the House is taking action to stifle some of the President’s job creation initiatives.” LINK

The Hill: FAA Bill Will “‘At a Minimum’ Create 100,000 Jobs Through Airport Infrastructure Improvements.”  “The Senate is expected to begin work Monday on the long-delayed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization that has languished in Congress for more than three years.  The legislation is identical to what passed the Senate nearly a year ago — a two-year, $34.5 billion measure — that is on its 17th extension since the last authorization expired in 2007. The current extension expires March 31.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called the bill an ‘extremely important piece of legislation,’ and said it will ‘at a minimum’ create 100,000 U.S. jobs through airport infrastructure improvements.” LINK

Dow Jones: U.S. Senate Democrats Predict Quick Passage Of Aviation Bill. “U.S. Senate Democratic leaders predicted Monday that the chamber would pass a wide-ranging aviation bill this week. The bill would fund the Federal Aviation Administration, set the framework for long-delayed plans to install a satellite-based air-traffic control system, and finance airport construction. Democrats said the bill would create jobs, improve air-travel efficiency and reduce flight delays.  … Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said Monday the bill would create or save 280,000 jobs and would spur economic activity.” LINK

Aviation Week: FAA Bill “Could Lead To The Creation Of 280,000 Jobs.” “Senate Democrats and the airport industry are stressing the importance of the FAA bill as a jobs creation initiative. The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) estimate that the roughly $8 billion in airport improvement program funding authorized by the bill could lead to the creation of 280,000 jobs.” LINK

The Hill: Senate Democrats Tout Airport Bill As Starting Point For 2011 Jobs Agenda. “Senate Democrats are touting a long-delayed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill as the first item on their jobs agenda for 2011. The bill, sponsored by Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), would invest $8.1 billion in capital improvement projects at airports around the country. The legislation would be paid for by user fees and would not add to the deficit. The American Association of Airport Executives estimates the multi-year reauthorization would create or save 280,000 jobs, including 90,000 jobs in the construction and construction supplies industries.” LINK

National Journal: Senate To Take Up FAA Reauthorization Measure. “With its preliminary organization done and the House out of session, the Senate gets down to something resembling regular business this week by taking up a long-stalled Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. … Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the bill will create 100,000 jobs. He also said a good candidate for action after the chamber takes care of the FAA bill is a measure extending authorization of small-business programs, yet another jobs bill.  Reid’s office says the Senate’s action on the FAA bill is just the latest example of the chamber getting down to business while the Republican House postures on repealing health care reform and cutting the size of the federal workforce. ‘While Democrats are focused on jobs, Republicans are pushing extreme, ideological plans to fire at least 1 million workers, explode our deficit by $1 trillion, and end Social Security and Medicare,’ Democratic Policy and Communications Committee spokesman Jon Summers said on Friday.” LINK

Marietta Times: Bill Could Benefit Regional Airport. “A new bill aimed at speeding up the modernization of America’s aviation system, West Virginia airports and air travel is likely to help the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, an official said. ‘This is needed legislation,’ said Terry Moore, manager of the MOV airport. "It has been several years since an FAA bill has been passed the current one has just been patched over the years. On Friday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act. The bill is aimed at speeding up the modernization of the country’s aviation system by making airports and air travel safer while improving rural community access to air service and helping to support local aviation jobs.” LINK

New York Times: ‘‘‘Huge Job-Creating Bill’” “The Senate is scheduled to take up its first legislation of the 112th Congress this week and it looks like it will be a long-stalled renewal of Federal Aviation Administration programs. After wrapping up the rules and filibuster fight last Thursday, Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, said the Senate would begin reviewing the nation’s aviation operations, a measure Mr. Reid described as a ‘huge job-creating bill.’ ‘At the minimum, this bill will create more than 100,000 jobs,’ Mr. Reid said. ‘It will do it by investing in airport infrastructure and improving aviation technology in every state in the nation.’” LINK

The Hill: Next Up In Senate: FAA Authorization Bill. “The Senate adjourned tonight until Monday at 2 p.m., when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he hopes the chamber can take up a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill, S. 223. Reid said there is ‘no reason’ the Senate cannot begin work on that bill Monday. He said this is an ‘extremely important piece of legislation,’ and that it will "at a minimum" create 100,000 U.S. jobs through airport infrastructure improvements.” LINK