FAA funds to be front and center

Without any poison pills, it is expected to be able to be passed by the Democratically controlled Senate, thus avoiding a repeat of the 13-day impasse that led to 4,000 FAA workers being furloughed and about 70,000 construction workers being placed out of work because airport projects were stalled.

Also this week, on Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security will hold a hearing on the future of intercity passenger rail.

Elsewhere, the House Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security will review the ability of terrorists to utilize the national visa system to enter the United States.