Democrats are trying to make the FAA shutdown (now ended) part of their “hostage-taking” narrative, and just as with the debt-ceiling, it’s the polar opposite of the truth. Andrew Stiles explains how it happened. Here’s the key part:
The Senate had ample opportunity to prevent [the shutdown] from happening, or at the very least to end the FAA shutdown by simply passing the House bill before adjourning on August 2. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) even urged his colleagues to do just that, saying “sometimes you have to step back and find out what’s best for the country and not be bound by some of your own personal issues.” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood concurred, imploring the Senate to act. But when Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) offered a unanimous consent request on Tuesday to proceed to consideration of the House bill, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) objected, effectively blocking the measure, after which Reid decided to throw in the towel and adjourn for the August recess, thus allowing the shutdown to continue.
The White House and Democratic leadership wanted to pass the House bill, but one Democratic senator blocked a vote from taking place.