Senate to continue to plod through FAA amendments

The Senate will return on Tuesday to continue consideration of amendments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization bill.

The Senate is scheduled to vote at noon on an amendment that would amplify the penalties for unauthorized distribution of x-ray images captured by airport security. The amendment was offered by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)

At 2:15 p.m. the Senate will also vote on an amendment proposed by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that would exclude employees of the Transportation Security Administration from collective bargaining rights enjoyed by other federal employees.  That vote will demand a 60-vote threshold to obtain passage.

Before adjourning at 8:04 p.m. the Senate passed S. Res 49 celebrating Black History Month by unanimous consent.

The Senate also received a H.R. 259 from the House which is a bill that would end publicly financed campaigns.

The Senate convenes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and resumes consideration of the FAA bill at 11 a.m.

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