WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby confirmed Friday that the air traffic control tower at the Dothan Regional Airport will remain open thanks to recently-enacted legislation granting more funding flexibility to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Reducing Flight Delays Act, which passed Congress and was signed into law by President Obama two weeks ago, gave the Federal Aviation Administration greater flexibility in prioritizing spending under sequestration budget cuts. The bill did not authorize new spending, but rather allows Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to work within the current budget constraints to shift funding in order to meet more important needs, like the control towers.
The FAA confirmed to Rep. Roby’s office today that the towers, including Dothan’s, will remain open through the end of the fiscal year.
“Resolving the Dothan Regional Airport tower issue has been a top priority for my office over the last two months,” Rep. Roby said. “I appreciate Mayor Schmitz and all the local officials who have been involved for their patience and for working as a team to get this resolved.
“Ultimately, what this shows is that the government can operate with less spending, it just takes setting the right priorities. This is a victory for taxpayers and for those of us who are fighting to change the tax-borrow-and-spend culture in Washington.”
Rep. Roby joined a bi-partisan group of 83 Members of Congress to send FAA Administrator Michael Huerta a letter (attached) urging him to utilize the authority granted them by this Act to fix the contract tower issue. The letter is attached to this press release, and can be viewed online at http://roby.house.gov/sites/roby.house.gov/files/FAA%20Letter.pdf.