If FAA Has Partial Shutdown At Midnight Buy Your Airline Tickets Tax Free! Updated!

If FAA Has Partial Shutdown At Midnight Buy Your Airline Tickets Tax Free! Updated!

Keep your eyes on the clock and your fingers on the computer keyboard because if the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a partial shutdown after midnight Friday Night you stand to save some serious money! The FAA is currently in a partisan dispute over legislation to extend that agency's operating authority and if they can't reach a compromise by midnight then airlines cannot charge, or collect Federal Taxes. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray "Grease the Wheels" LaHood, the federal government could potentially lose $200 million per week in airline ticket taxes, halt $2.5 billion in airport construction projects and put 4,000 employees temporarily out of work.

According to the Chicago Tribune, "the main obstacle is a provision sought by House Republicans and the airline industry that would make it more difficult for airline and railroad workers to unionize. House Republicans also want to eliminate government subsidies for airline service to 13 rural airports, a $16 million provision that Senate Democrats say is unacceptable. The union provision was added to a long-term FAA funding bill earlier this year, but negotiations on that bill have stalled. Without long-term legislation, an extension bill is necessary to keep the agency operating."

For the complete story, click here. In the meantime, pay attention to the clock. Especially if you are an International Traveler where those tax savings could offset the higher costs of such travel.

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UPDATE: The FAA has indeed been partially shutdown and as a result - Collection of Federal Airline Taxes have been suspended. Consumers can now capitalize on that and save some money until this matter is resolved by lawmakers. Let your fingers do the walking - time to find some deals!

 

 

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  • I'll bet that based on posts, such as this one, Byrne will be happy, although somehow he has airport expansion confused with tollway expansion.

    I hadn't realized that the FAA Authorization was a separate mess from the TEA ("Transportation Equity Act") authorization, but I guess both are extremely fouled up.

  • In reply to jack:

    Me either, I just came up on it while reading Google News Chicago Metro News link. Now let's see if politicians will cut off their noses to spite their faces on principle.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    I saw it on Channel 32 news about 5 minutes before coming here.

    "Now let's see if politicians will cut off their noses to spite their faces on principle." Hasn't that been the point of this entire Congressional session?

  • In reply to jack:

    Indeed you are right. Boehner just called off further talks on the debt ceiling too.

  • In reply to Michael Ciric:

    That was strange, too. Apparently, only WLS radio covered Obama's news conference live, and when I turned on the TV, the audio was on 5.2, but the video was only of Jim Johnson stretching in his booth. The WTTW Prime Friday night talking head shows indicated that they were taped before the news conference, but had that news.

    The way Obama put it at the conference (and getting back to your earlier post), I don't see how Boehner gets out from under that. It is one thing to have one house bills on health care repeal and this, but if the House wants to get into "spite your face" situation, well....

    I was also surprised by some news reports that Obama thinks he can lift the ceiling by executive order.

  • In reply to jack:

    Definitely strange. But if my thinking is right - aren't presidential press conferences re-staged for the media after the "official speech?" I thought that was the flap after Osama bin Laden git wiped out. As for the Executive Order, I also thought Mitch McConnell (who doesn't seem to agree with Boehner and the Tea Party) has been working on a fail-safe to allow him just that. Perhaps that is where that is coming from?

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