Rep. John Mica, chair of the House's Transportation .... is playing hardball over airline workers' rights to unionize, costing the government airline tax revenue while playing politics with rural airports. And even one Senate Republican is tired of it:
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, the senior Senate GOP negotiator on the FAA bill, called Mica's inclusion of the subsidy cuts in the extension bill a "procedural hand grenade."
It has been House Republicans who have refused to negotiate with the Senate unless Democrats agreed to concessions on the labor issue, Hutchison said.
Too bad only pending retirement can get more honest-minded Republicans to speak up on occasion.