The 15th Anniversary — of a Functional Congress
Big, bipartisan things got done in the 10 weeks after 9/11

The flag flew at half mast over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At the Capitol, this Sept. 11 heralded more than the 15th anniversary of the worst terrorist strike on American soil. It also revived memories of one of the most intense surges of big-ticket policymaking in modern times.

Congress was so infused with a sense of national resolve — mixed with more than a small amount of abject fear — it operated with a measure of apolitical collaboration that’s barely imaginable in the paralytic partisan atmosphere of today.

Senators Want Passengers Compensated for Canceled Flights
Blumenthal, Markey seek information on airline policies when IT systems fail

An airliner passes the Lincoln Memorial as it approaches Ronald Reagan National Airport. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two Democratic senators are pressing airlines to do more to help passengers who get stuck as a result of computer breakdowns like those experienced by Delta and Southwest in recent weeks.

"We believe that, in the event of flight delays and cancellations caused by airlines, airlines should rebook interested passengers on another airline or on a different mode of transportation without charging consumers additional costs or fees and should provide passengers with full reimbursement and compensation," Sens. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut wrote to 13 major airlines Tuesday.

Six US Airlines Set to Begin Scheduled Flights to Cuba
Approval part of normalizing relations between the two countries

A Boeing 737 comes in for a landing at Ronald Reagan National Airport. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday six U.S. airlines may begin scheduled flights to Cuba in the fall.

American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver, Southwest and Sun Country received the approval to fly from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis-St. Paul airports.