Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement in response to the FAA's announcement that they are closing the Dubuque Regional Airport's air traffic control tower due to federal budget cuts caused by so-called "sequestration."
"I'm extremely disappointed that the FAA has decided to close the Dubuque air traffic control tower. This decision is the direct result of Congress' recklessness and failure to make smart decisions about deficit reduction.
"This is exactly why I broke with my party yesterday and opposed a short-term government funding bill that continues the sequester through the end of September and allows the closure of the Dubuque air traffic control tower to go forward. That bill was bad for Dubuque and now we're seeing its effect.
"It's Congress' responsibility to make the tough decisions about what programs to cut and what programs to keep. I'm going to keep working to convince Congress to accept that responsibility and do their job to reduce the debt. In the meantime, I'll do everything I can to pressure the FAA to reverse this misguided decision."
Last week, Braley wrote to the FAA to express opposition to the proposed closure of the tower, citing the potentially detrimental impact it would have on commercial air service to Dubuque and the University of Dubuque's professional pilot training program. More information on Braley's letter to the FAA can be found at the following link: http://go.usa.gov/2dGW