Senators push to save air traffic control towers

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Connecticut's senators have already offered an amendment to restore the funding for air traffic control towers.

The control tower at Tweed New Haven and five other airports in the state were set to close. That was until a last minute push by Connecticut's congressional delegation.

An amendment, proposed by senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, passed unanimously in the Senate early Saturday morning.

Their amendment makes it easier to keep federal money for air traffic control towers with no extra cost to tax payers.

As News 8 has been reporting, the FAA was set to close Connecticut airport control towers and 143 others in the country, as part of the budget sequestration.

Blumenthal says passing the amendment and keeping those control towers shows just how important the towers and airports are to the local economy.

"We must do everything possible to ensure those control towers at Tweed and at airports around Connecticut continue, so that we retain those jobs and move economic growth forward, but also public safety is at risk," said Blumenthal.

The fight to keep the control towers open isn't over. While the amendment passed in the Senate, it must now pass in the House.
 

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