The Federal Aviation Administration last week announced that it was closing 149 air traffic control towers at small regional airports across the country due to automatic budget cuts that went into effect on March 1. The FAA took the brunt of 60 percent of the cuts from the Dept. of Transportation, and though it originally proposed 189 closures, it narrowed it down to avoid some pain from the lost funding.
Still, the closures have one Texas Republican congressman fuming. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R) wrote a letter to FAA head Michael Huerta this week saying he was “deeply troubled” by the closure of airports that help the Texas economy, the Houston Chronicle reports:
“I am deeply troubled for your public statements and proposed actions regarding the effect of the sequester on smaller, local airports. These airports have long played a vital role in economies across the country,” Farenthold said.
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