The Senate convened at 2 p.m. to debate S. 223, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) started debate on the FAA bill by saying the bill is non-controversial and should be quickly approved.
But Ranking Commerce Committee Member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) said in her floor remarks that she will insist that the bill expand slots at Reagan National Airport that carriers from western states can use for direct flights. Another Republican senator, John McCainJohn McCainClinton brings in the heavy hitters Guess which Cuban-American 2016 candidate best set themselves up for 2020? Fox News bests major networks in convention ratings MORE (R-Ariz.), has introduced a bill to repeal federal subsidies for air service to smaller communities.