House aviation subcommittee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Senate aviation subcommittee ranking member John Thune (R-S.D.) had previously written LaHood, questioning the decision to cut funding from the contract tower program rather than from other areas of the budget. They also asked for a detailed justification for each tower closure decision.
Likewise, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) wrote LaHood questioning FAA’s plans for both federal and contract towers. “Rather than make this ‘very tough decision,’ I urge DOT to address cost overruns and poor management practices,” he says.