What They Are Saying on the FAA Bill: A Cave by Democrats

“Democrats caved in and agreed to allow the Federal Aviation Administration to keep air traffic control towers running at close to full capacity.”
(Democrats blink first on aviation cuts, Politico, Kathyrn A. Wolfe and Burgess Everett, April 26, 2013)

“For the White House and Senate Democrats, the discussions on legislation relating to one relatively small slice of the $85 billion in spending cuts marked a shift in position in a long-running struggle with Republicans over budget issues.”
(Bill to End Airport Delays Headed for House Vote, Associated Press, David Espo, April 25, 2013)

“The vote is a victory for House Republicans, who had been pushing for a restructuring of the $600 million sequester cut to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to avoid air traffic controller layoffs.”
(House passes bill to end air traffic furloughs in victory for the GOP, The Hill, Peter Kasperowicz, April 26, 2013)

“The President was hoping to exert some pressure here, it didn’t work.”
(The Daily Rundown, Chuck Todd, April 26, 2013)

“Bad idea, self-defeating results. We would miss having Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley to write about in Chicago. But we’d guess that either ex-chief of staff would have told the president: Don’t inconvenience people, try to blame someone else and think you’ll do anything but lose. You’ll … lose.”
(The stunt pilots misread their gauges, Chicago Tribune, Editorial, April 26, 2013)

“Make no mistake, this FAA fix is a complete, utter cave by Senate Democrats and, if signed, by the White House.”
(Steven Dennis, Twitter, April 25, 2013)