Hartzler: FAA's decision to keep control towers open 'a victory for traveling safety'

May 14, 2013

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is calling the decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use reallocated funding in its fiscal year 2013 budget to keep open contract control towers at Columbia Regional Airport and more than 140 other airports throughout the country "a victory.”

“The FAA inappropriately implemented sequestration by cutting funding for contract control towers, including Columbia,” said Hartzler. “It was wrong and I was glad to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass legislation to reprioritize the FAA's budget for the agency since agency officials were not willing to do it themselves. It is vital that we keep the flying public safe. I am gratified to know the traveling public and the hardworking air traffic controllers at Columbia Regional Airport will not suffer as a result of the FAA's questionable spending decisions. This is a victory for common sense. You don't cut spending by endangering the public.”

“Now that funding for the Columbia control tower has been secured through the end of the fiscal year on September 30th, I will be working with local authorities, airport officials, and colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure Columbia’s airport remains strong and vital in the years to come,” added Hartzler.

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Budget, Agriculture, and Armed Services Committee.