Rep. David B. McKinley (R-WV) is co-sponsoring the Air Traffic Control Tower Funding Restoration Act (H.R. 1432) to restore funding to airport towers set to close in June due to budget cuts.
In March, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it was closing 149 contract air traffic control towers across the country as a result of across-the-board budget cuts.
"Political decisions like this one can have a devastating effect on communities like Wheeling and Parkersburg," said Rep. McKinley. "The Obama Administration is putting millions of Americans at risk to make a political point rather than finding waste and duplication to cut at the FAA."
The Air Traffic Control Tower Funding Restoration Act would restore funding for these contractor-operated air-traffic-control towers by using unspent money in the FAA budget.
"Each year, the FAA spends more than $500 million on consultants and $200 million on employee travel and supplies," said McKinley. "Additionally, over the last nine years, the FAA has ignored 555 recommendations from its Inspector General that could save millions of dollars.
This is no reason to put the safety of millions of Americans at risk by closing air traffic towers." This bill has bipartisan support and is backed by the American Association of Airport Executives, National Air Transportation Association, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.