The Senate ended late last night, at around 8 p.m., but not before Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate next week would begin work on a Federal Aviation Administration authorization bill, S. 223.
Check here later for a text of the bill, which is not yet available.
Last night, Reid said the bill would create at least 100,000 jobs through airport infrastructure projects, and would also include a much-needed passengers' bill of rights.
"How many times have people who are listening to us talk today been frustrated by what happens at an airport?" Reid said. "We will not go into what has happened. We have all had those experiences." Reid also suggested that the bill of rights might allow stranded passengers to be compensated — "maybe a meal, maybe a refund of their ticket."
However they are reimbursed, "it will be a bill of rights so you do not have to go beg people to talk to you as to what can happen or not happen."