During his confirmation hearing in the Senate on Wednesday, Transportation Secretary-designate Ray LaHood laid out some of his policy priorities. LaHood said he disagrees with the Bush administration's approach to congestion management at New York-area airports by means of slot auctions. "To me, it doesn't make any sense to do that," he said. LaHood also said that once a new FAA administrator is named, one of his top priorities will be to settle labor disputes between the FAA and the air-traffic controller community. He also said he would like some reasonable targets to be set for NextGen within the next five years.

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