I'm like a harried monkey, having just arrived home from a trip to DC, but I simply most let you know the following:
The Senate commerce, science and transportation committee, which today marked up FAA reauthorization legislation, as hoped has opted not to include a ban on wireless voice communications in its bill.
In other words, the committee has hung up on the Hang-Up Act, which remains part of the House of Representatives' version of FAA reauthorization.
The Senate committee will next report the bill to the full Senate. Probably in September. Then comes reconciliation of the House and Senate bills.
It's a relief to know that the Senate at least doesn't intend to legislate in-flight manners.