U.S. Representative David McKinley (R-WV) is co-sponsoring legislation called the Air Traffic Control Tower Funding Restoration Act. If approved by both houses of Congress and signed into law, the proposed legislation will provide funding to airport towers set to close in June. Towers set to close under the federal budget sequester include ones in Wheeling, Parkersburg, and Lewisburg, West Virginia.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced plans in March to close a total of 149 contract air traffic control towers due to across-the-board federal budget cuts.
This proposed legislation would restore funding to the towers by diverting unspent money in the FAA budget. ''Political decisions like this one can have a devastating effect on communities like Wheeling and Parkersburg,'' said McKinley.