Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, opposes President George W. Bush's plan to auction takeoff and landing slots at La Guardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports. "Given the current fragility of the U.S. airline industry, we believe it is not the time to move forward with such a new, untested, unproven and possibly unauthorized policy," she said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Mary Peters. Hutchison serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which oversees aviation.

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