House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement calling on the Senate to pass H.R. 2553, a responsible FAA extension that cleared the House with bipartisan support on July 20:

“All it will take to end this crisis is for the Senate to pass the House-approved FAA extension.  The only reason so many jobs are at stake is Senate Democratic Leaders chose to play politics rather than pass the House bill.  I respect the fact that Senators have certain objections, but they have had two weeks to respond to the House bill and done nothing, leaving tens of thousands of workers in limbo.  The House has done its job, and now it’s time for Senators to do theirs.”

NOTE: Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) agreed to pass the House FAA extension bill, 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.”  Later, he changed course.  Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told reporters yesterday it’s “time for the Senate to take action, which they can do today, and the president will sign it.”