††††††††††† WHEREAS, the nationís air traffic control system is critical to
collisions between aircraft in flight and on the ground, organizing and
expediting the flow of traffic, and providing information and other support for
††††††††††† WHEREAS, the mandatory across-the-board cuts of the federal sequester threatened to furlough thousands of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees, shut down 149 smaller private contract towers, and eliminate the midnight shift at 72 publicly operated control towers nationwide; and
††††††††††† WHEREAS, the economic and national
security stability of the nation would have been compromised as a result of
these impacts; and
Congress intervened and passed the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013,
which allowed the FAA to shift funds to prevent the furloughs and planned
control tower closures; and
††††††††††† WHEREAS, on May 8, the FAA announced that it had decided not pursue the elimination of midnight shifts at FAA towers for the remainder of FY13; and
††††††††††† WHEREAS, on May 10, DOT Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the FAA would allow the 149 low activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June to remain open for the remainder of FY13,
††††††††††† NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The United States Conference of Mayors applauds the efforts of Mayors, Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholder groups to prevent these furloughs and tower closures which would have had a truly negative impact on local aviation and jobs; and
IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The U.S.
Conference of Mayors urges
Congress and the Administration to
work towards a solution that ensures the long-††
term viability of our nationís air
traffic control system, and eliminates the threat of
future closures for hundreds of air
traffic control towers across the country.
††††††††††† Projected Cost: Federal funding provided by FY13 appropriations and funding flexibility authorized by the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013.