LaHood Presses for FAA Reauthorization

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is pushing Congress to extend the FAA's authorization which expires at midnight tonight, July 22. More than $600,000,000 in airport construction projects are at stake, and about 4,000 FAA employees will be furloughed beginning tomorrow. The dispute over FAA's reauthorization mirrors the larger fight over surface transportation reauthorization which has the US Chamber of Congress, usually a staunch ally of the GOP, joining with the AFL-CIO to advocate for greater funding.