Washington (CNN) - While the Senate didn't do much today, it did vote to keep aeronautics in the domain of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
A bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration would have set up a committee to study whether civil aeronautics research and development should be done by other federal agencies.
Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, whose state is home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, pointed out the obvious on the Senate Floor: "Of the letters in NASA, the first 'A' is aeronautics." Nelson also pointed out aeronautics research is a "big part" of NASA, adding "we have plussed-up a lot of money" for it. Nelson argued the language setting up another study was "superfluous."
The Senate agreed, voting 96-1 to not do the study and to keep aeronautics in NASA. The no vote was Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma.