Senators Tout Support for Tower Preservation Bill

 - April 18, 2013, 2:00 PM

A bipartisan U.S. Senate effort to protect 149 control towers from closure under budget sequestration has garnered additional support since its introduction last week. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced on Tuesday that their Protect Our Skies Act has been co-sponsored by 30 senators on both sides of the aisle, “and the list continues to grow,” according to Moran.

The Senate bill would prohibit the Department of Transportation from closing any control tower for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013 and throughout FY2014.

The FAA originally planned to begin a three-phase closure of the affected control towers on April 7. Facing a rising number of legal actions against the closures, however, the agency retreated somewhat from its initial schedule, announcing April 5 that the onset of closures would be delayed until June 15.

Sen. Blumenthal said the “misguided” decision to close the towers has caused “needless harm to employees, their communities and regional economies, as well as air travel.” A companion measure, the Air Traffic Control Tower Funding Restoration Act, was also introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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john kluge's picture

What do you guys expect? I suspect a lot of the people here support the teapublican idea of choking the government and downsizing. Well, here it is. Enjoy it; you asked for it. And watch out for those pot holes on the interstate an bridges closing or falling down.

M Healy's picture

Do you know that using the money wasted on companies that have gone bankrupt could have kept those towers operating for a century?!?!?! Tax and spend! Right! Well done!

Ed Seaton's picture

There is some Towers we dont need for safety.It should'nt be hard to figure out the ones we need for a safe flow of traffic.Then if the FAA still want to save money,let them pass the exemption for the Sport Pilot rules.That will save money and put more people to work in Aviation.Ed Seaton,ATP Aircraft owner,Flying since 1946,20,000 hrs,and a Flight Instructor.

David L.'s picture

I personally am very dissapointed in the FAA's and DOT's leadership. Mr. Huerta and Mr. LaHood are either playing politics and being used by the administration for political gain or are beholden to the Federal Employee Unions. Or both. The Mission of the FAA is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The FAA values as stated on their website are... Safety is our passion. Excellence is our promise. Integrity is our touchstone. People are our strength. Innovation is our signiture. The FAA employs 47,000 people and a budget of 15.7 billion. Explain to me how closing 149 towers in response to a budget "crisis" is part of this mission or value statement. Mr. LaHood and Mr. Huerta need to remember who they work for and what their priorities should be.

David L.'s picture

I personally am very dissapointed in the FAA's and DOT's leadership. Mr. Huerta and Mr. LaHood are either playing politics and being used by the administration for political gain or are beholden to the Federal Employee Unions. Or both. The Mission of the FAA is to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The FAA values as stated on their website are... Safety is our passion. Excellence is our promise. Integrity is our touchstone. People are our strength. Innovation is our signiture. The FAA employs 47,000 people and a budget of 15.7 billion. Explain to me how closing 149 towers in response to a budget "crisis" is part of this mission or value statement. Mr. LaHood and Mr. Huerta need to remember who they work for and what their priorities should be.

william's picture

@David. Exactly! The FAA's mission statement is nothing more than empty words. They go against their mission statement all the time because they can and they don't care. Huerta is just another shameless bureaucrat that is playing politics so the Obama administration can once again get their way because god knows we don't want them crying. Everyone of them on "Both" sides of the aisle have forgotten who they work for and we the people seem to have forgotten that with our votes can change that attitude but for some unknown rreason fail to do so every election.
And those that think we are "choking" the government needs to wake up. This government needs more than a good choking to get their out of control spending under control. Fund the things necessary and quit giving billions away to countries that hate us. Enough with all the porkbarrel projects as well.

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