Commerce Chairman: ‘I Don’t Know Why’ Democrats Did Not Pass Permanent FAA Funding

August 5, 2011 - 8:22 AM
“Do you think it was because we didn’t care?"

(CNSNews.com) – Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), the chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said he does not know why the Democrats did not pass a permanent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill when they controlled Congress.

“Yeah, I mean, so what do you want me to say? We didn’t do it. No, we didn’t do it,” Rockefeller told reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday.

“Do you think it was because we didn’t care? No, it’s just – I don’t know why we didn’t do it but we didn’t do it. We’re dealing now with the present and we have gone from 210 issues at contention down to -- thanks to Kay Bailey Hutchinson and some others, mostly staff work -- down to only 12 issues – 12 issues meaning that this huge federal aviation system can work if we resolve them.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.)

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) AP Photo

Rockefeller continued, “It’s very complicated but it can easily be done – clean bill of extension then we both sit down.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) joined Rockefeller in calling on the GOP-led House to pass a “clean” short-term extension of funding for the FAA.