The Republican leader of the Washington budget battle, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, joins Naples Municipal Airport Executive Director Ted Soliday and "Keep the Spirit of 45 Alive" director Lois Bolin on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle" program.
Ryan endorses Chauncey Goss for the local U.S. House District 19 seat; Soliday discusses larger planes on the longer runaway; and Bolin outlines patriotic events coming Aug. 3-5 in Naples.
The shows airs at 10 a.m. Sunday on ABC7. Watch videos at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
Here are excerpts:
NewsMakers: Paul Ryan
He endorses Chauncey Goss.
Lytle: How important is the Connie Mack-Bill Nelson U.S. Senate race nationally?
Ryan: It’s a big deal because Republicans need to win the Senate as well.
Here’s the problem as I see it. We have a debt crisis coming, just like what Europe is experiencing. That means Congress has to pass budgets to prevent that from happening. We passed our budget is in the House. The Senate hasn’t passed a budget for three years.
We have a law — the 1974 Budget Act — that requires Congress pass a budget every year. The Senate hasn’t passed a budget since 2009.
So our government is operating without a budget since 2009. You need to have people in the Senate that are willing to make tough decisions, lead and do something. That’s why we need a Senate seat in Wisconsin and in Florida to help us get this turned around.
NewsMakers: Ted Soliday
On larger planes, longer runaway.
Lytle: Who makes the call about JetBlue planes being allowed to use the airport?
The FAA, the Airport Authority or City Council?
Soliday: The Airport Authority. But we said in our bylaws that we’d take it to council for open public meetings ...
Lytle: But council would just be advisory.
Soliday: Yes. But the issue is greater than that. Our terminal has less than 50 seats ... It’s not such an easy thing. We’d have to bring the TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) back ... So when people say this is a done deal, that’s hardly true.
NewsMakers: Lois Bolin
She outlines patriotic events in Naples.
Lytle: Some very special folks are part of this — Earl and Thelma Hodges.
Bolin: Yes. They are our honorary chairs, God love ‘em.
You know, Earl had to lie about his age to enlist in World War II, and we have a little lady who sewed rocks into the hems of her skirts so she could weigh enough to join the Army.
Lytle: That’s a great story.
Bolin: There are a lot of great stories.