Will Cost Over 100 Jobs, Harm Long Term Development 


NEW HAVEN, CT—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) issued the following statement today on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s decision to close 149 air traffic control towers. The closures are a result of the deeply harmful, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration.


“I am deeply disappointed with the FAA’s decision to close the Tweed-New Haven Airport Tower, as well as the others in Connecticut. There is no reason for people to be facing the loss of their livelihood. We should have sat down and found a balanced agreement to stop these cuts before they ever started. But Congressional Republicans failed to respond to our repeated entreaties to do so and the American public is now in the middle of this manufactured crisis.


“People’s lives will be seriously, negatively impacted by this decision, in particular the over 100 individuals at Tweed who are facing possible job loss. And this is a significant loss of public resources. Millions of dollars have been invested in improving Tweed over the past five years and the same FAA that made today’s announcement has also said that Tweed is instrumental to the future of aviation in New England and hoped to expand it. This is exactly the wrong direction for our community.”