Senate Wraps Up for Recess

Posted February 17, 2011 at 8:48pm

Updated: 10:29 p.m.

The Senate adjourned Thursday evening for the Presidents Day recess after overwhelmingly passing a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Senate is scheduled to reconvene at 2 p.m. Feb. 28. Votes on two U.S. district court nominations are planned for that afternoon. The chamber will also proceed to patent overhaul legislation.

Thursday’s adjournment agreement between Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) included the confirmation of a nominee to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The two-year FAA reauthorization was passed on a bipartisan 87-8 vote. Republican Sens. Mike Crapo (Idaho), Jim DeMint (S.C.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), James Risch (Idaho), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and David Vitter (La.) voted against the bill.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a four-year FAA reauthorization Wednesday.