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1:18 PM, Jun 19, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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With another of those airline mergers in the works, there is a possibility that flights from Washington's Reagan National Airport to some smaller cities out in the interior may be cancelled to the inconvenience of members of Congress who need to get home regularly and hang with their constituents.  There are other airports in the vicinity of Washington but Reagan is easily the most convenient.  

So, as Brian Naylor of NPR reports:

more than 100 lawmakers [are] urging the Justice Department, which is reviewing the merger, to preserve the nonstop flights from Reagan National to small- and medium-sized airports across the country. 

Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine insists that the letter to DOJ:

" ... has nothing to do with lawmakers' convenience and everything to do with representing small communities that rely on these direct flights for economic benefits.   This is a bipartisan response to what we have heard from our constituents back home in the district."

The bipartisan bit, anyway, is easy to buy.  When it comes to its own self-interest, Congress knows no party.

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