The Senate convened at 2 p.m. to debate S. 223, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers 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 McCainChanging America: America’s growing education divide Congress needs to support the COINS Act GOP’s message on ObamaCare is us versus them MORE (R-Ariz.), has introduced a bill to repeal federal subsidies for air service to smaller communities.