手机APP下载

您现在的位置: 首页 > 英语听力 > 国外媒体资讯 > 经济学人双语版 > 经济学人综合 > 正文

《经济学人》:美国联邦航空管理局,翅膀被剪

来源:可可英语 编辑:sunny   VIP免费外教试听课 |  可可官方微信:ikekenet
 下载MP3到电脑  批量下载MP3和LRC到手机
加载中..

The Federal Aviation Administration
美国联邦航空管理局

Wings clipped
翅膀被剪

A worked example of the effects of congressional stupidity
国会愚蠢行为之后果造就的现成例子

Aug 6th 2011 | NEW YORK | from the print edition

LaGuardia’s old tower, now partly down
拉瓜地机场的旧空管塔,现已部分拆除

AFTER he had signed the debt-ceiling deal, Barack Obama mentioned “another Washington-inflicted wound on America”. He was speaking about the impasse over funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which manages air safety and air-traffic control. Congressmen could not resolve a petty disagreement over the extension of the agency’s operating-authority bill, which expired on July 22nd. As a result, the agency has partly shut down, and 4,000 employees have been sent home. Air-traffic controllers are still on the job, as they are paid from a different source. But scores of FAA construction and research projects have been halted, affecting at least 70,000 workers. “Members of Congress should not get on a plane to fly home for vacation without passing an FAA bill and putting thousands of people back to work,” said Ray LaHood, the transport secretary. His words were drowned in the rush for the doors.

巴拉克•奥巴马在签署了债务上限协议后,提到了“华盛顿给美国造成的另一个创伤”。他说的是为美国联邦航空管理局(FAA)拨款陷入僵局的事。联邦航空管理局管理空中安全事务和负责空中交通管制。该机构的经营管理条列于7月22日失效,而国会议员们未能解决关于延长经营管理条列的一个小小分歧。结果,该机构部分停运,4,000名员工被打发回家。空中交通管制人员仍在工作,因为他们的工资来自其他渠道。但FAA的许多建设和研究项目已经停止,影响到至少70,000名工人。“在通过美国联邦航空局管理条列并恢复成千上万人的工作之前,国会议员们不应该坐飞机回家休假,”运输部长雷•拉胡德说。他的话被淹没在匆匆离场的脚步声中。

The FAA’s long-term funding bill expired in 2007. Since then Congress has passed, with little fuss, 20 stopgap bills, each lasting a few months. This time round, politicians could not agree on seemingly minor provisions. House Republicans passed a bill that cut $16.5m in federal subsidies for passengers at a dozen remote rural airports, something the Senate Democrats oppose. They also oppose a measure that would make it more difficult for airline workers to unionise. Because of this impasse over $16.5m a year, the government is losing $30m a day in uncollected federal taxes on airline tickets.

FAA的长期拨款法案于2007年到期。自那以来,美国国会随随便便地通过了20个临时法案,每个法案的有效期都只有几个月。这一次,政治家就看似微小的规定不能达成一致意见。控制众议院的共和党人通过了一项法案,要削减十几个偏远农村机场的联邦政府乘客补贴1.65千万美元,而控制参议院的民主党人对此表示反对。有一项措施会使航空公司的员工成立工会变得更加困难,对此他们也表示反对。为一年1.65千万美元而陷入僵局,致使政府因联邦机票税流失每天损失3千万美元。

重点单词   查看全部解释    
minor ['mainə]

想一想再看

adj. 较小的,较少的,次要的
n. 未成年

联想记忆
control [kən'trəul]

想一想再看

n. 克制,控制,管制,操作装置
vt. 控制

 
measure ['meʒə]

想一想再看

n. 措施,办法,量度,尺寸
v. 测量,量

联想记忆
fuss [fʌs]

想一想再看

n. 大惊小怪,小题大作,强烈不满或争吵
vi

 
demolition [.demə'liʃən]

想一想再看

n. 破坏,毁坏 (复数)demolitions:炸药

联想记忆
approach [ə'prəutʃ]

想一想再看

n. 接近; 途径,方法
v. 靠近,接近,动

联想记忆
disagreement [.disə'gri:mənt]

想一想再看

n. 不合,争论,不一致

 
resolve [ri'zɔlv]

想一想再看

n. 决定之事,决心,坚决
vt. 决定,解决

联想记忆
administration [əd.mini'streiʃən]

想一想再看

n. 行政,管理,行政部门

联想记忆
promising ['prɔmisiŋ]

想一想再看

adj. 有希望的,有前途的

 


关键字:

发布评论我来说2句

    英语学习专题

    • 英语听写训练
      听写强化训练系统有听写比对,按句停顿,中文翻译、听写错词提示等特色功能.
    • 经济学人中英双语版
      提供经济学人中英双语版文章、音频、中英字幕,类别包括文艺、人物、科技、商业等..
    • 可可英语微信:ikekenet
      关注可可英语官方微信,每天将会向大家推送短小精悍的英语学习资料..

    可可英语官方微信(微信号:ikekenet)

    每天向大家推送短小精悍的英语学习资料.

    添加方式1.扫描上方可可官方微信二维码。
    添加方式2.搜索微信号ikekenet添加即可。