The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that 149 control towers--including towers in Fayetteville and Texarkana--that were slated for closure will now remain open through Fiscal Year 2013. In April, Pryor supported a bipartisan provision to give the FAA authority to transfer funding to prevent furloughs and keep air traffic control towers open.
When I heard the FAA's announcement today, I thought--it's about time. For months, I've been part of a bipartisan group of senators that has pressed the FAA about this reckless decision. We've questioned them at hearings, we've written letters, we've introduced bills and amendments, and we've passed legislation to give them flexibility to prevent these closures. By keeping these towers open, we're protecting our skies and national security, and keeping our economy on track.