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Senators Move To Stop Tower Closures

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A bipartisan group of senators will introduce legislation to stop the FAA from closing any control towers to meet its sequester cut requirements. "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," says a news release issued by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., one of the bill's sponsors.

A half-dozen senators and NBAA President Ed Bolen were scheduled to have a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday to introduce the bill. The group said the control tower closure announced by the FAA two weeks ago was the "result of being targeted for sequestration cuts disproportionate to other agencies." The FAA announced last week that it was delaying the closure of the 149 towers until June 15 because of legal challenges that have popped up around the country.

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