WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, April 10, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and David Vitter (R-La.) will introduce legislation to prevent the FAA from closing air traffic control towers.
The Protect Our Skies Act, which is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 18 senators, would prohibit the Department of Transportation (DOT) from closing any air traffic control towers – including those that are operated by the FAA. It comes on the heels of the DOT’s decision to close 149 FAA contract control towers as a result of being targeted for sequestration cuts disproportionate to other agencies, according to the legislators. Last Friday, the DOT announced that it will delay the closings until June 15, due to legal challenges.