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Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. HUDSON. Mr. Speaker, unfortunately for this administration, the term ``sequestration'' has become synonymous with ``fear.''

I've been extremely disappointed that the FAA chose to close the contract control towers at 149 airports across this country, including my home town of Concord, North Carolina. This airport is the third busiest airport in North Carolina. It was named by the Government Accounting Office as an Airport of National Significance because it is a reliever airport for Charlotte-Douglas, which is the sixth busiest airport in the world.

The decision to close these towers at a savings of $50 million is hard to understand when you consider the fact that the FAA requested $15.1 billion for fiscal year 2013 and through sequester it's actually receiving $15.9 billion--an actual increase over the amount of money the FAA said they needed to operate. So I can only conclude that their goal here is to try to make sequester cuts as painful as possible for the American people.

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Mr. HUDSON. I thank the gentleman for the time.

I will just conclude by saying I support this bill because it ends the political games by giving the Secretary the flexibility that he needs to keep these contract towers open. So I would encourage the Secretary to do that for the safety and for the economy of our local communities.

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