U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, announced Friday that she is supporting a bill that would prevent federal aviation officials closing the air traffic control tower at the Boca Raton Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced last month that it would close air traffic control towers at 149 small airports across the United States as a result of forced federal budget cuts, known as the sequester. The towers, including the one at the Boca airport, are set to close on June 15.
Frankel’s office announced that she has signed on to support the Air Traffic Control Tower Funding Restoration Act (HR 1432). The bill would use money the FAA has set aside for facilities and research to keep the towers operating.
“This legislation will keep Boca Raton and other local airport towers across the country operating without additional cost to the federal budget,” Frankel said in a new release issued by her office. “Hopefully Congress will act soon to end the budget squabbling that led to this situation.”