U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today co-sponsored legislation to restore funding to all 149 air traffic control towers which have been slated to close on June 15th, including the towers at airports in Bloomington, Decatur and Bethalto.
"The FAA's decision to direct a disproportionate share of the sequestration cuts towards these towers is wrong and short-sighted, and their decision last week to delay the closures proves that," said Davis. "This bill will restore the funding to the towers in communities like Bloomington, Decatur and Bethalto without appropriating any new funds and give the FAA an additional opportunity to find alternative cuts within their $9.2 billion operating budget."
The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1432, was introduced this week by U.S. Reps. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.). It restores the funding for 149 contractor-operated air traffic control towers through fiscal year 2013 without appropriating any new funds by leveraging unobligated funds within the FAA's current budget.
This legislation is similar to a bipartisan amendment offered last month to the Senate appropriations bill but was denied a vote on the Senate floor.