Well, despite all the excitement over the health care bills, it looks as if today may be the day for the Senate to finally pass FAA reauthorization.
The action won't heat up until later this afternoon, though. According to the Senate floor log, debate on the FAA bill is scheduled to resume at 3p.m.
At 5:30p.m., there is a roll call vote scheduled for an amendment offered by Rep. John Ensign (R-Nevada) relating to beyond-perimeter flights at Washington National Airport. A 60-vote threshold is required for its adoption. Then, there will be a vote on Sen. John McCain's amendment relating to Grand Canyon overflights.
After this, Commerce Committee Chair Sen. John Rockefeller's manager's amendment will be considered. This is the version of the bill that includes 30-plus amendments approved by the committee. This amendment is expected to pass by unanimous consent, leaving the way clear for a final vote on the FAA reauthorization bill.
The big caveat is that all this assumes the schedule goes according to plan -- and as somebody very smart keeps reminding me, the Senate has a way of confounding the best predictions!