By Keith Laing - 05/13/13 01:00 PM EDT
The FAA said the furloughs and the flight towers closures were necessary because the sequester required it to cut its budget for the rest of the year by $600 million. But Obama administration officials said at the end of last week that they would keep the towers open.
Lawmakers in the Senate will hold a hearing on Thursday to “examine partnerships to advance the business of space.”
The upper chamber will also continue debating a new version of the bill designed to boost water infrastructure, the Water Resources Development Act. The chamber debated amendments to the measure last week after a skirmish over an effort by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to add an unrelated measure amendment about guns to the bill.