House shoots down pro-union amendment on FAA bill, sets up confrontation with Senate, Obama 

On Friday, the House of Representatives shot down an amendment aimed at preserving a rule issued by the Obama administration that makes it easier for unions to organize airline and rail workers.

Back in May of last year, the National Mediation Board issued a new rule (PDF) that allowed a simple majority of votes cast to determine unionization in those industries, reversing a prior standard that stood for 75 years that had required the support of a majority of all workers.

The FAA Reauthorization bill, up for a vote in the House of Representatives, includes a provision that would overturn the rule. But the provision encountered heavy resistance, not only among Democrats, but among a handful of Republicans in union heavy districts. The GOP dissenters were led by Rep. Steve LaTourette, Oh., who counts unions among his top contributors and sponsored an amendment that would kill the provision.

That amendment has now failed, meaning that the FAA bill will head to the Senate with the provision reversing the Obama rule still entact.

It will have a much steeper hill to climb in the Democratic-controlled chamber. And even if it does squeak through the Senate, the White House has already threatened to veto a bill that comes to his desk with the provision. Given that the amendment failed by only a narrow 220 to 206 vote, it's hard to see Republicans amassing enough votes to override the veto.

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