: News

Filed Under:

Reagan Nat'l at Center of FAA Reauthorization Debate

Play associated audio

By Alice Ollstein

The U.S. Senate is considering the re-authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, and that's reopened a longstanding debate about air traffic at Reagan National Airport. What began as a mundane hearing on air transportation in the D.C. area devolved into a political dogfight between lawmakers and the agencies they oversee.

Members of Congress have long sought more West Coast flights out of Reagan National Airport.

But with FAA re-authorization pending, complete with more flights, federal aviation agencies are protesting.

They say it would hurt both Reagan and Dulles, overcrowding one and economically stunting the other.

Senators at the hearing vehemently disagreed, saying that times change, and our airports must adapt.

"Time doesn’t stand still. Time marches on," North Dakota senator Byron Dorgan says.

He chaired the hearing along with Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.

Both rejected the agencies recommendations to keep things as they are. Rockefeller went so far as to remind them who is in charge.

"Do you understand that you are under the direct jurisdiction of this committee? You wouldn’t even exist, I might say, if it hadn’t been for me. So you can thank me," Rockefeller said.

It is unclear whether the Senate will pass the FAA re-authorization bill this session.

NPR

MTV's Rewinding The '90s With A New Channel

The '90s are back! Pokémon has taken over the world again. A Clinton is running for president. And now, MTV is reviving '90s favorites like Beavis and Butt-head on a new channel, MTV Classic.
NPR

Salvage Supperclub: A High-End Dinner In A Dumpster To Fight Food Waste

The ingredients — think wilted basil, bruised plums, garbanzo bean water — sound less than appetizing. Whipped together, they're a tasty meal that show how home cooks can use often-tossed foods.
WAMU 88.5

The Politics Hour – LIVE from Slim's Diner!

This special edition of the Politics Hour is coming to you live from Slim's Diner from Petworth in Northwest D.C.

NPR

Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.