So let’s see, Big Business (in this case, Delta Air Lines, Inc., United Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, Inc. and US Airways, Inc. along with unions) is trying to stifle competition by buying off Congress. But ins’t the House under Republican control? Shouldn’t this amendment be dead on arrival in a supposedly free-market friendly House. Fat chance. Keep an eye on your wallets folks while the airlines fatten the politicians’.
A measure aimed at grounding an upstart airline offering affordable fares for transcontinental travel appears headed for a vote in the House of Representatives.
The transportation appropriations bill is seen as a vehicle for an amendment targeting Norwegian Air International’s new service at U.S. airports, airline officials were told by consultants. ….
…. Although Norwegian has not had access to any text proposed for the amendment to the transportation spending bill, its advisers anticipated that congressional opponents would attempt to prohibit DOT from processing the application by denying funding for this purpose or inserting language imposing requirements inconsistent with the Open Skies Agreement.
James Sherk, a labor policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation, said consumers need to be on the lookout for an anti-competition move on Capitol Hill that would put everyday Americans at a disadvantage while rewarding entrenched interests. ….