Ross: "The Potential Closure of this Tower is Unacceptable"
Speaks on Floor in Opposition to Arbitrary Cuts Which Might Significantly Hurt Lakeland Linder Airport and SUN ‘N FUN Event
Feb 28 -
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U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives expressing strong concern about the pending sequester, and specifically about the potential threat it poses to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. His remarks are below:
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
“I rise today to express my strong support for Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
“Unfortunately, with the pending sequester, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that they may close 238 control towers - including the tower at my local airport.
“Lakeland Linder Regional Airport hosts the annual six day SUN ‘N FUN fly-in that celebrates aviation as the second largest event of its kind in the world. This SUN ‘N FUN fly-in is also the largest convention in the state of Florida.
“It provides a $50 million economic impact to the region each year.
“This potential closure of this tower is unacceptable.
“As we know, President Obama initially proposed the sequester in 2011.
“I voted against its creation, and I voted twice to replace its arbitrary cuts.
“Americans deserve real solutions and genuine accountability.
“Improper payments by the federal government exceeded $115 billion in 2011.
“Surely, the president would be willing to address those improper payments before allowing the sequestration cuts to take place.
“With that, I yield back the balance of my time.”
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