Legislature earmark quarter million dollars to FAA

Legislature earmark quarter million dollars to FAA »Play Video
Airport Mgr. Robin Turner says that it’s a step in the right direction.
LEWISTON, ID - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday which has the potential to prevent 150 air traffic control towers from closing in May.

The legislation earmarks $253 million to be moved to the FAA, which both the senate and house intended to be used to end the air traffic controller furloughs and prevent contract towers, like the one here in Lewiston from being closed down.

The house vote came less than 24 hours after the senate passed the same measure. The sudden rush to pass the measure is due to thousands of flight delays across the country, caused by the staffing cuts. Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Manager, Robin Turner acknowledges that it's a step in the right direction but he's waiting for the FAA to comment.

"We're kind of holding our breath to see how and when the FAA implements these," said Turner. "I don't want to say I'm skeptical but lets wait and see what they actually do."

The money that was approved is expected to be enough to keep everything operating through September 20th, which marks the end of the fiscal year. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Obama will sign the legislation.