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06-S2201 on Jan 26, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: allowing an Air Traffic Controller's Union
Source: FAA Dispute Resolution Act (S.2201/H.R.4755)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Federal Aviation Administration Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act of 2006: Prohibits the FAA from implementing any proposed change to the FAA personnel management system in cases where the services of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service do not lead to an agreement between the Administrator and FAA employees, unless Congress authorizes the change during the 60-day period. Requires binding arbitration if Congress does not enact a bill into law within the 60-day period.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. OBAMA: Because what air traffic controllers do is vital to our safety, I became very concerned by a letter I received from Illinois air traffic controller Michael Hannigan. He wrote that "the air traffic controllers are not being allowed to negotiate in good faith with the FAA."

What was clear in Michael's plea was the sense that he and his colleagues felt that they were being treated unfairly. I looked into it and came to the conclusion that if we did not restore a fair negotiation procedure, it would threaten agency morale and effectiveness.

The problem is this: the FAA Administrator currently has the extraordinary authority to impose wages and working conditions on her workers without arbitration. In order to do that, she merely has to declare an impasse in negotiations and if Congress does not stop her from imposing her terms and conditions within 60 days, the Administrator can go ahead and act unilaterally. That authority denies air traffic controllers and all other FAA employees the opportunity to engage in and conclude negotiations in good faith.

It is in the best interest of the agency and public safety to have management and labor cooperate in contract negotiations.

EXCERPTS OF BILL:

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Jobs
  • Headline: Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill allowing an Air Traffic Controller's Union

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Democrats participating in 06-S2201

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Gary Ackerman s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Daniel Akaka s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Tom Allen s1oMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Rob Andrews s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Joe Baca s1oCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Brian Baird s1oWashington Democrat (until 2010) 
Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
John Barrow s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Max Baucus s1oMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Evan Bayh s1oIN Former Democratic Senator 
Melissa Bean s1oIllinois Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Xavier Becerra s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Shelley Berkley s1oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Marion Berry s1oArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Jeff Bingaman s1oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Sanford Bishop s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Timothy Bishop s1oNew York Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
Dan Boren s1oOklahoma Democratic Governor Challenger 
Leonard Boswell s1oIowa Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Allen Boyd s1oFlorida Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Corrine Brown s1oFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Robert Byrd s1oWV Former Democratic Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Michael Capuano s1oMA Former Democratic Primary Senate Challenger (2009) 
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland Democrat 
Dennis Cardoza s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Russ Carnahan s1oMissouri Democrat 
Tom Carper s1oDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Julia Carson s1oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
Ed Case s1oHawaii Democrat 
Ben Chandler s1oKentucky Democrat 
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s1oMissouri Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
James Clyburn s1oSouth Carolina Democrat 
Kent Conrad s1oND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring) 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Jim Cooper s1oTennessee Democrat 
Jim Costa s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jerry Costello s1oIllinois Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Bud Cramer s1oAlabama Democrat (Retired 2008) 
Joseph Crowley s1oNew York Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Artur Davis s1oAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Danny Davis s1oIllinois Democrat 
Jim Davis s1oFlorida Democrat 
Lincoln Davis s1oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Susan Davis s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Mark Dayton s1oMN Democratic Governor 
Peter Defazio s1oOregon Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1oColorado Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s1oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Rosa DeLauro s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Norm Dicks s1oWashington Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
John Dingell s1oMichigan Democrat 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Byron Dorgan s1oND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Mike Doyle s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Chet Edwards s1oTexas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Rahm Emanuel s1oIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bob Etheridge s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Lane Evans s1oIllinois Democrat 
Sam Farr s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Charles Gonzalez s1oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Bart Gordon s1oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Al Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Gene Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois Democrat 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Jane Harman s1oCalifornia Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida Democrat 
Stephanie Herseth s1oSouth Dakota Democratic (until 2010) 
Brian Higgins s1oNew York Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Ruben Hinojosa s1oTexas Democrat 
Tim Holden s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Darlene Hooley s1oOregon Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Steny Hoyer s1oMaryland Democrat 
Daniel Inouye s2iHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Jay Inslee s1oWA Democratic Governor 
Steve Israel s1oNew York Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1oIllinois Democrat (Resgined 2013) 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
William Jefferson s1oLouisiana Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas Democrat 
Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s1oOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Paul Kanjorski s1oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio Democrat 
Patrick Kennedy s1oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dale Kildee s1oMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Ron Kind s1oWI Former Democratic challenger (2012) 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s1oRhode Island Democrat 
Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Rick Larsen s1oWashington Democrat 
John Larson s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Frank Lautenberg s2iNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s1oAR Former Democratic Senator 
Dan Lipinski s1oIllinois Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Steve Lynch s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013) 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic Challenger 
Jim Marshall s1oGeorgia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Jim Matheson s1oUtah Democrat 
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn McCarthy s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Betty McCollum s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Michael McNulty s1oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Marty Meehan s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retired 2007) 
Gregory Meeks s1oNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Michael Michaud s1oMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Juanita Millender-McDonald s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Brad Miller s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Dennis Moore s1oKansas Democrat (until 2010) 
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin Democrat 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat 
Patty Murray s2iWA Democratic Sr Senator 
John Murtha s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Deceased Feb. 2010) 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Richard Neal s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Ben Nelson s1oNE Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Barack Obama s2pIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
James Oberstar s1oMinnesota Dem./Farmer/Labor (until 2010) 
John Olver s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Solomon Ortiz s1oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Ed Pastor s1oArizona Democrat 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Nancy Pelosi s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Collin Peterson s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Earl Pomeroy s1oNorth Dakota Democrat (until 2010) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Mark Pryor s1oAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Nick Rahall s1oWest Virginia Democrat 
Jack Reed s1oRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1oNV Democratic Sr Senator 
Silvestre Reyes s1oTexas Democrat 
John Rockefeller s1oWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Mike Ross s1oArkansas Democratic Governor Challenger 
Steven Rothman s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Dutch Ruppersberger s1oMaryland Democrat 
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois Democrat 
Tim Ryan s1oOhio Democrat 
Martin Sabo s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
John Salazar s1oColorado Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Ken Salazar s1oCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009) 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Allyson Schwartz s1oPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia Democrat 
David Scott s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
David Adam Smith s1oWashington Democrat 
Vic Snyder s1oArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
John Spratt s1oSouth Carolina Democrat (until 2010) 
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Ted Strickland s1oOH Former Democratic Governor (2006-2010) 
Bart Stupak s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
John Tanner s1oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Ellen Tauscher s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Bennie Thompson s1oMississippi Democrat 
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Mark Udall s1oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Tom Udall s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat 
Nydia Velazquez s1oNew York Democrat/Working-Families 
Peter Visclosky s1oIndiana Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Maxine Waters s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Diane Watson s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Anthony Weiner s1oNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 
Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
David Wu s1oOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr Senator 
Albert Wynn s1oMaryland Democrat (Unseated 2008) 



Republicans participating in 06-S2201

Rodney Alexander s1oLouisiana Republican 
Gresham Barrett s1oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Joe Linus Barton s1oTexas Republican 
Charlie Bass s1oNew Hampshire Republican (Retired 2012) 
Judy Biggert s1oIllinois Republican 
Michael Bilirakis s1oFlorida Republican (Retired 2006) 
Rob Bishop s1oUtah Republican 
Sherry Boehlert s1oNew York Republican/Independence 
Mary Bono s1oCalifornia Republican 
Charles Boustany s1oLouisiana Republican 
Jeb Bradley s1oNew Hampshire Republican 
Dave Camp s1oMichigan Republican 
Shelley Moore Capito s1oWest Virginia Republican 
Tom Cole s1oOklahoma Republican 
Geoff Davis s1oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jo Ann Davis s1oVirginia Republican 
Charles Dent s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Jo Ann Emerson s1oMissouri Republican (Resigned 2013) 
Phil English s1oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Mike Ferguson s1oNew Jersey Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Mark Foley s1oFlorida Republican 
Jim Gerlach s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Jim Gibbons s1oNevada Republican 
Katherine Harris s1oFL Republican challenger (2006); Former US Representative 
Melissa Hart s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Joel Hefley s1oColorado Republican 
Nancy Lee Johnson s1oConnecticut Republican 
Timothy Johnson s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Sue Kelly s2pNew York Republican (until 2007) 
Peter King s1oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Mark Kirk s1oIL Republican Jr Senator 
John Kline s1oMinnesota Republican 
Ron Lewis s1oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Frank LoBiondo s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Donald Manzullo s1oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Kenny Marchant s1oTexas Republican 
Michael McCaul s1oTexas Republican 
Thad McCotter s1oMichigan Republican 
John McHugh s1oNew York Republican/Conservative 
Buck McKeon s1oCalifornia Republican 
Jeff Miller s1oFlorida Republican 
Tim Murphy s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Bob Ney s1oOhio Republican 
Ron Paul s1oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Steve Pearce s1oNew Mexico Republican 
John Peterson s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retired 2008) 
Joseph Pitts s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Todd Platts s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ted Poe s1oTexas Republican 
Richard Pombo s1oCalifornia Republican 
Jon Porter s1oNevada Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Deborah Pryce s1oOhio Republican 
Jim Ramstad s1oMinnesota Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Dennis Rehberg s1oMontana Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Dave Reichert s1oWashington Republican (Governor run 2012) 
Rick Renzi s1oArizona Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s1oFlorida Republican 
Paul Ryan s1oPOTUS Republican 
Jim Saxton s1oNew Jersey Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Joe Schwarz s1oMichigan Republican 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Don Sherwood s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Bill Shuster s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Rob Simmons s1oConnecticut Republican 
Christopher Smith s1oNew Jersey Republican 
John Sweeney s1oNew York Republican/Conservative 
Lee Terry s1oNebraska Republican 
Todd Tiahrt s1oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Pat Tiberi s1oOhio Republican 
Jim Walsh s1oNew York Rep./Ind. (Retiring 2008) 
Curt Weldon s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Jerry Weller s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Heather Wilson s1oNew Mexico Republican (Senate 2008) 
Frank Wolf s1oVirginia Republican 



Independents participating in 06-S2201

Joe Biden s1oDE Vice President 
Ginny Brown-Waite s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Donna Christensen s1oVirgin Islands - 
Lincoln Diaz-Balart s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Harold Ford s1oNY 2010 Democratic Primary Challenger; previously US Rep (TN) 
Luis Fortuno s1oPuerto Rico At-Large (retired 2008) 
John Hostettler s1oIN 2010 Senate Challenger (lost GOP primary); formerly US Rep. 
Joseph Lieberman s1oCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Kendrick Meek s1oFL 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 
Charles Melancon s1oLA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 223
Republicans: 74
Independents: 11


















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