Franken and Klobuchar, in the minority, vote against anti-union bill

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Franken and Klobuchar voted against long-term FAA funding because the bill contained an anti-union provision.
The bill providing long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration is a case study in how complicated legislation coming before the U.S. Senate can be.

As a condition of funding the FAA long-term, congressional Republicans demanded that the percentage of transportation workers' signatures required to petition for a union to be formed increase from 35 to 50. Unsurprisingly, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar oppose that provision, but the bill also contained two separate provisions each of the Minnesota senators support -- protecting funding for small, rural airports in Minnesota, and funding to hasten the transition to a satellite-based air traffic control navigation system that's expected to reduce delays and lower pollution.

In the end, Franken and Klobuchar determined that the anti-union provision was the most crucial aspect of the bill, which they voted against. The bill ended up passing by a vote of 75-20, with five Republicans joining 15 Democrats in opposition.

In explaining his "no" vote, Franken said that "this legislation will make it harder for Minnesotans to get the workplace protections provided by unions, and that's simply unacceptable to me."

Klobuchar raised a more general concern about all the varying provisions crammed into the bill. "Provisions that have nothing to do with the FAA were added to the conference report, and I don't believe this legislation is an appropriate venue for making unrelated policy decisions," she said.

As Klobuchar's comments suggest, in the U.S. Senate, things are almost always more complicated than they seem. It's something to keep in mind if and when Republicans running against Klobuchar or Franken bash them for opposing long-term FAA funding.


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Sam I am.
Sam I am.

An argument for the Republican Party:

You can give a poor man one million dollars.You can give a rich man 10 dollars.The poor man will blow that one million dollars in one year and be poor again.The rich man will invest that 10 dollars and turn it into a million dollars in one year.

E K
E K

Of course Franken and Klobuchar were against a bill that makes it harder for a third party to forcibly take workers' wages and give it to their campaign coffers.  This is more important to them than the rural airports.

dave2
dave2

Well Kirk, maybe it's because all those (ha ha)  job building house bills are just like this one:I'll give you something  you want if you give me five things I want.... Just another example of Republicans putting party ahead of country; TS for the airports. Gridlock, no, roadblock; ...Republican roadblock.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

You know, the House has had our plan for American job creators since last May. They have passed 30 bills that would help our economy grow -- 27 of them are still sitting in the United States Senate.  And if we're serious about jobs and the economy, the Senate has to take up some of these bills and actually act. (bring it to the floor and VOTE!!!)So when they say "Do nothing congress", you now know who they are talking about.The Senate simply doesn't want to be tied to anything that could be construed as controversial.  Why else do you think the Democrat controlled Senate HAS NOT passed a budget in over 1000 days?  This is even though the Senate is required to pass and forward a budget on to the House every year. Amy, Al, you are failures...

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

 You are a fucking idiot.  You need to study the history of unions.   Without unions we would all be working for a dollar a day living in a company town working a 16 hour shift next to children.   If you hate unions so much move to China and see how you get treated as a working man there. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

The bills are all on line dave. 

Do some research, come to the table with some facts. "putting party ahead of country?"  You mean like the Democrats for 8 years while Bush was in office?  Bush was a tool but the Democrats just could seem to get past that.  They even stooped so low as to turn a memorial service for Paul Wellstone into a chance to obstruct and hate.  Why are the Democrats, AKA Betty McCollum (saint paul) obstructing a job bill which will build a bridge across the St. Croix in Stillwater."I'll give you something  you want if you give me five things I want.... Just another example of Republican.."Are you blind?the republican controlled house writes bills and sends them to the democrat controlled senate and president for approval and to sign, but the democrats "put party before country" by saying "i'll give you this if you give me five things."Would you like to see it?CSPAN pal.

It happens EVERY DAY dave.  The senate is sitting on 27 of 30 "jobs" bills the house passed.  They will not pass them because they "are putting party before country."  Why would you not pass a "jobs bill"?  Geese, the democrats must really hate jobs!

Talking point dave, you are a tool for your party.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

 Hey kirk the coward.  I notice you have nothing to say about sam I am and all the other racist Republicans that have invaded the City Pages boards.   What's up with that?  They don't even code their racist language yet I notice you never commet on it.   I've always doubted you were really black and I have to say this is confirming it.  At minimum you are a pathetic coward who is afraid to call out Republican racism because you know you will have to admit Liberals like me have been right the whole time.  I've always said that Republicans are a racist political party and their hatred of Obama isn't based on facts or logic but on pure racist hate.   Why are you such a coward kirk?   Why won't you call out the flat out racism of guys like sam I am and jody?  You are always quick to cite Democratic racism from the 1860s but now you have some real live Republican racism.  No Liberals comment like sam I am.   Why so cowardly pathetic kirk? 

thx1183
thx1183

None of those 30 bills would help our economy grow. If anything they would plunge us deeper into recession. 

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

These are the words Michelle and other Democrat scum live by:

"We are socialists, we are enemies of today's capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions." --Adolf Hitler

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

You are a tool bought and paid for by the dems...Couldn't one say; If YOU hate capitalism so much, why don't you move to Greece?Capitalism was here first and has made millions and millions of people comfortable.  We have the richest poor people in the world and due largely in part to capitalism

You truely are the type of person that can't smell their own shit while on their knees...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Sorry, I missed those comments by them.

They may have been brainwashed by decades of liberal democrats and their push to separate the people by class, color, and gender.Hey Michelle, do you still not get that it is wrong to recognize me for the color of my skin?You Racist!

I wonder if any of your "non-racist" democrat comrades will call you out for that.  Perhaps they themselves are racist.  Or maybe just too dumb to see it...

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Stand with the racists kirk.  Confrim everything I've ever said about you and the Republicans.  Ask sam I am why your black skin makes you so prone to crime.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Michelle says: 

" Have I ever mentioned anything like that once to boost my arguement?  I don't need too because I'm based on facts and logic.  My arguements are universal."

First of all, learn how to spell 'argument', second of all, your "facts and logic" are based on the liberal propaganda that you so wholeheartedly believe, and no, sweetie, your "arguements" are not universal.  Only those who live in Liberal Utopia-Land believe that bull shit.  

You call me "racist" because I point out FUCKING facts.  No, sweetie, I am not a racist, I am a realist.  I call it like I see it.  I may be a Republican, but I am not so stupid to see and admit to, the faults of my party.  No, I did not like, nor did I vote for Bush Jr.  Yes, the Iraq war was a joke, and yes, it had a part to play in our current recession, but all you Liberal can do is play your little "It's a Bush's Fault!" card.  If Obama is such a fucking wonderful president, why is this country in WORSE shape than it was when Bush left office?  Fine, I admit Obama had to deal with a big mess when he came into office, but what has he done to fix it?  I can tell you....FUCKING NOTHING!!.  Not only that, he is a two-faced liar.  He said 4 years ago that raising the debt ceiling was "irresponsible".  What did he do last year?  He raised the debt ceiling.  When he was running for election in 2008, he stated that Super PAC's "were Un-American".  What did he do today?  He endorsed Super PAC's for his own party.  

Obama is a hypocrite and a LIAR.  AND he is Un-American....just like you.

"I will stand with them [the Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” 

--Barack Hussein Obama, 2001, following the World Trade Center Attacks.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

First off you are lying.  I know you have read them and are just too cowardly to post or you are lying about your race.  I know for a fact you read almost every story just like I do because you comment constantly.  Secondly you search the comments for my comments cause you love to fight with me.   sam I am loves to troll my comments so I know you've read them.  Why are you such a coward liar?  I'm sure its because you are lying about your race.   He says vile things about all Black people and you don't say a word.  If you truly cared about making the Republican Party a more diverse party you would call him out on it.   I know you are lying.  It's pathetic. 

Secondly I only know your race because you play the race card all the time.  What race am I?  What gender?   Have I ever mentioned anything like that once to boost my arguement?  I don't need too because I'm based on facts and logic.  My arguements are universal.  You cited your race as proof Republicans and the Tea Party aren't racist.  You use the race card everytime you can to bash Liberals and Dems but you don't attack a flat out racist like sam I am?   I have said mean things about you kirk but I never said the N word.   Your pathetic little excuses are making me so sure you are lying about your race.  No one could be that ashamed of their race that they would stand with someone yelling the n word.  I should be shocked but why wouldn't a guy that makes fun of dead kids lie about his race?  

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