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La Crosse Air Traffic Control Tower will remain open

Published On: May 10 2013 02:57:45 PM CDT
Updated On: May 10 2013 05:55:42 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The La Crosse Municipal Airport will be able to keep its air traffic controllers, according to airport manager Clinton Torp.

La Crosse's airport control tower and 148 others across the United States were on a list to close due to the sequester, or automatic budget cuts.

Torp says he's grateful the control tower will remain open thanks to the support from Congress, especially Congressman Ron Kind.

"The La Crosse Tower provides an important safety function and also ensures continued economic growth for our region. Airport's throughout the Country have banded together to fight the closures and the importance these facilities serve was clearly heard," Torp said in a statement.

The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport and the Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee will also remain open.

After Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the announcement that the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the FAA to transfer the funds needed to end employee furloughs and keep the targeted towers open for the rest of the fiscal year, Congressman Kind released this statement:

“I am extremely pleased to hear that these air traffic towers have been spared from their scheduled closings, and I commend Secretary LaHood for overseeing the process.

“This is good news for the traveling public, local businesses and our military forces, but this fix only brings us to the end of September when the current fiscal year ends. We will have to continue fighting for these air towers until a permanent resolution can be found.

“The sequester ushered in a painful era of stupid spending cuts, and I’ll keep fighting for acomprehensive, responsible legislative solution that protects the students, seniors and so many others who have been harmed by these cuts.”

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