The long-awaited $60 billion Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill was passed Friday by the Senate. The measure was passed only after the Bush administration agreed not to seek privatization of more air traffic control positions.
The way NASA handled concerns over health and safety conditions on the international space station shows that the agency is moving in the right direction, according to retired Navy Admiral Harold W. Gehman Jr. However, Gehman, who chaired the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, noted that the safety process should be institutionalized and not be dependent on management's intervention.
Alliant Techsystems was awarded Department of Homeland Security contracts to supply the agency with bullets. The contracts are worth $16 million, with additional bidding opportunities that can be worth another $114 million over five years.
Several members of the White House staff, including President Bush, are calling on Congress to pass the energy bill as lawmakers continue to debate proposed fuel taxes. "For the sake of economic security and for the sake of national security, the Congress needs to complete the energy bill and get it to my desk," Bush said.
The House is considering which industries to give tax breaks to, and business groups are lobbying hard to have their interests represented. The Senate bill offers $70 billion in tax breaks, paid for by repealing the export subsidy, and a report says the Senate may require the House to rein in its generosity.