The Senate convened at 2 p.m. to debate S. 223, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on 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 McCainA closer look at McCain's proposed defense budget Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote Is McCain confident in Trump? ‘I do not know’ MORE (R-Ariz.), has introduced a bill to repeal federal subsidies for air service to smaller communities.