Harry Reid: Rand Paul’s proposal to reduce FAA spending would ‘terrorize’ air traffic systems

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Tuesday that rolling back spending for the Federal Aviation Administration to 2008 levels would “terrorize” air traffic systems and invoked the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in urging members to vote to provide the agency more funding.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul proposed the spending cap as an amendment to the $59.7 billion FAA re-authorization bill this month.

“The Rand Paul amendment will just terrorize the air traffic system in our country,” Reid told reporters hours before the vote was scheduled. “It will just do it great harm.”

Reid warned against an impending terror attack if the FAA spending cuts were too severe.

“Think about the devastation of the Twin Towers in New York,”  he said.

The FAA bill would fund the agency for two years and update the nation’s outdated air traffic control equipment. The Senate voted Tuesday night to table the amendment until a later date.

Caitlin Emma contributed to this report.

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  • emem

    There’s not one roll of duct tape on capitol hill?

    Hey Harry – get a clue – maybe you use the money from the 2nd Kennedy library
    to protect us from terrorists!

  • des1

    I consider this progress. For Obama’s first two years, Reid couldn’t bring himself to use the word.

    Perhaps it’s like Tourette’s to him now.

  • ramp59

    If the Nevada Republicans had only nominated someone else we might be rid of this clown.

    • spike1120

      Reid or as we know him Mr. Peeprs is the botox nanny of the senate. the people of Nevada (highest unemployment rate and home foreclosure rate in the country) deserve what they get. But why do they keep foisting the ignoramus on us Americans?

      Fortunately we are as immune to his bs as we are to the prez line of poop.

  • kaziklibey

    Reid terrorizes America, Reid remains unconcerned.

  • The_anniebanannie

    Reid warned against an impending terror attack if the FAA spending cuts were too severe.

    “Think about the devastation of the Twin Towers in New York,” he said.

    Those darn republicans and their fear-mongering.

    • leilani

      Yah, tsk-tsk, fear-mongering. Didn’t Reid also call the R’s evil-mongerers too, once? LOL. The poor old guy keeps getting his slanderous apsersions confused.

      And let’s not forget the Republicans’ eeeeevil incendiary right wing rhetoric which magically induces left wing schizophrenics who worship Karl Marx & Michael Moore to take up arms and slaughter Democrats in the name of the Tea Party even though they revile everything the Tea Party stands for.

      Seriously, imagine how the partisan hysterics at CNN would be feigning their selective outrage if Sarah Palin had accused Democrats of being terrorists, now that we’re all supposed to be setting a new tone of civility after Tucson, and all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Hopkins/1485044803 Tom Hopkins

    More money does not always mean better performance and by the same token less money does not mean worse performance. 2008 was still after Sept 11, 2001.

  • krjohnson

    Who cares? It’s not like they’re going to pass Rand Paul’s cuts anyway. Reid is just trying to score political points.

  • GrouchoNotKarl

    Truth: Both neoconservatives and liberals will use terror to advance the State and rob the citizenry.

    • loudog

      Like using it to pass the so-called Patriot Act? Convert airport security to a new government boondoggle called TSA? Create an entire new government agency called the Dept of Homeland Security?
      Just wake up from a 10 yr coma?

      • The_anniebanannie

        That lazyboy that you do all your Monday morning quarterbacking from is getting a bit frazzled around the edges.

  • borntoraisehogs

    Let the airlines run it all including security. Their customers can just pay whatever they need. If God had wanted you to fly, he would have put you in the Air Force.

  • Drahcir

    Well I’ll be! Spending some more of what they do Not have.

    What a JOKE!!