Senate to take up FAA authorization Tuesday afternoon

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate will take up the Federal Aviation Administration funding bill beginning at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday and that senators wishing to offer amendments should approach the floor managers, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas).

The Senate adjourned on Monday at 6:20 p.m. after passing a series of non-controversial resolutions. One resolution condemned attacks on Coptic Christians on New Years Day, another supported Jan. 28, as 'National Privacy Day,' and another allocated floor time later this week for senators to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late former President Ronald Reagan.

On Tuesday, the Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and proceed to a period of morning business until 12:30 p.m. at which time the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m to accommodate for Caucus lunches.

Although Monday was a quiet day in the Senate, with no roll call votes, Reid said senators had made significant progress on S. 223, the Federal Aviation Administration Modernization Bill.