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H.R. 2115. FAA Reauthorization/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Reauthorize Federal Spending for the Federal Aviation Administration and Privatize Air-Traffic Control Functions.
house Roll Call 257     Jun 11, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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The subject of this vote was a procedural motion which would allow House consideration to proceed on legislation which would reauthorize federal spending for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Progressives voted in opposition to the procedural motion to move the previous question on the FAA reauthorization-a motion which cuts off debate and the possibility of amendment-based on their objection to a provision in the bill which would privatize air-traffic control functions in airports. In June of 2002, President Bush issued an executive order determining that air-traffic control was not inherently a government function, thereby allowing air-traffic control duties to be privatized (occupations that are determined to be "inherently governmental" cannot be privatized). In response to Bush's executive order, Republicans included provisions in the FAA reauthorization which would privatize air traffic controllers, computer system and maintenance workers, and flight service stations operated by the FAA. Progressives were concerned that private companies would focus greater attention on profits rather than public safety. Air-traffic control, Progressives argued, is an occupation which requires a tremendous mental focus and places enormous pressures on individuals. In the view of Progressives, air-traffic control operations should not be conducted by private companies whose hiring standards or training programs might be inferior to the standards and training extended to public employees. The motion to move the previous question was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 219-195 and the legislation was allowed to proceed.

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