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Air Control Towers and D.C. Politics

Earlier this week, on Monday, the nation got a taste of the impact sequester cuts could have on the airline industry, and by extension the national economy, when the Federal Aviation Administration began instituting rolling furloughs among its workforce.

White House says open to legislation to halt FAA furloughs - Yahoo! News

From Yahoo! News: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday it would be open to legislation to put air traffic controllers back to work full-time as key U.S. senators demanded more information about the impact of furloughs on safety and air operations. The Federal Aviation Administration will furlough 47,000 employees for up to 11 days through the end of the fiscal year in September as part of its plan to meet $637 million in required spending cuts. Nearly 13,000 of those are air traffic controllers. ...

ROCKEFELLER QUESTIONS HEAD OF FAA ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER CLOSURES IN WEST VIRGINIA - Press Releases - Press Room - United States Senator Jay Rockefeller

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today during a hearing on aviation safety said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) isn’t being transparent enough regarding its plans to implement federal budget cuts.

The cuts are a result of the sequester, automatic spending cuts that went into effect this year and that could force the closure of three air traffic control (ATC) towers in West Virginia. Rockefeller in February voted to stop the sequester.

FAA furloughs kick in, but flights come in on time | 9news.com

9news.com

Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts. But while the nightmarish flight delays and cancellations that the airline industry predicted would result from the furloughs did not materialize yet, the real test will come Monday, when traffic ramps up.

Alaska Air Traffic Controllers Furloughed By FAA

KTUU.com

One of the automatic budget cuts triggered by the 2013 federal sequestration is a nationwide furlough of air traffic controllers by the Federal Aviation Adminstration , including the control tower employees at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport.

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