26.5.05

It Is Officially In The Hopper (Its ON!)

AP-TX--Wright Amendment

Lawmakers to propose repeal of airport restriction

WASHINGTON (AP) _ An attempt to repeal a 25-year restriction on Southwest Airlines routes has triggered a Texas duel in the nation's capital. Republican Congressmen Sam Johnson of Plano and Jeb Hensarling of Dallas said today they want to immediately repeal the Wright Amendment. That federal law limits commercial flights from Dallas Love Field to Texas and seven nearby states. Johnson and Henserling call their one-page bill the Right to Fly Act. Their announcement drew rapid-fire criticism from several North Texas lawmakers -- who plan to protest the move in a news conference this afternoon. Among the opponents to the Johnson-Henserling bill is fellow Republican Congressman Joe Barton of Ennis. He chairs the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Congress imposed the Wright Amendment to protect Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from competition from the in-town Dallas airport. D-F-W is the primary hub of Fort Worth-based American Airlines. Southwest Airlines is based at Love Field.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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