Senator Barbara Mikulski's (D-Md.) office has announced that $130-million has been placed in an appropriations bill to keep 149 air traffic control towers across the nation open through fiscal year 2014. That includes towers at Frederick Municipal Airport, Hagerstown Regional Airport, Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport, Easton/Newman Field and Martin State Airport.
"This hard-fought action to fund our federal air traffic control towers is good news for our economic security, national security and jobs," says Senator Mikulski, in a statement. "The stress and strain of potential closures of regional contract towers underscores that sequester and uncertainty is having real impacts in real communities with real consequences. By ensuring the continued operation of our regional airports, we make our nation safer and Maryland's economy stronger."
The money has been placed in 2014 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which has passed the full Senate Appropriations Committee that Senator Mikulski chairs.
The air traffic control towers had been scheduled to close earlier this year due to the federal sequester, but Congress in April passed legislation to give the Federal Aviation Administration flexibility to shift funds around, and keep the towers open.