U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) issued the below statement in response to Secretary LaHood's announcement regarding the FAA's Federal Contract Towers, of which Lakeland Linder Regional Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower is one:
"I am very concerned about the looming across-the-board sequester cuts and what they mean for Floridians. With the Department of Transportation's announcement today that they will possibly shut down Lakeland's control tower, I am even more alarmed. The Lakeland airport is host to Florida's largest convention, the SUN "n FUN Fly-In in April, and shutting down this facility would be devastating to the area's entire economy. I have been calling for targeted spending cuts instead of these inefficient and irresponsible across-the-board cuts. I urge my Senate colleagues and our president to do what is right by the American people and cut waste, not beneficial infrastructure."
Secretary LaHood announced today that the Department of Transportation will close more than 100 of its air traffic control facilities in April if the sequestration takes effect. Lakeland Linder Regional Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower is operated under the FAA's Federal Contract Tower Program and is one of the facilities that could be closed.
Ross voted against the bill that enacted sequestration. Once it was enacted, he voted twice to replace the sequester with responsible cuts and also introduced a bill (H.R. 239) that would change how the federal government spends the people's money.