GOP To FAA: Drop Dead The Republican House went on vacation without reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, furloughing 4000 federal workers and stranding tens of thousands of workers who cant continue already-started construction projects. They are holding reauthorization hostage to provisions that would weaken workers collective bargaining rights. This is going to cost $1.2 billion in lost passenger tax revenue. Even Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is blasting the GOPs negligence. Were getting ready to leave for a month. We should not shut down the FAA because of a rider put on the extension of the FAA legislation that has not been negotiated, Hutchison said. It is not honorable for the House to send an extraneous amendment on a funding extension, she said.