From the Federal Aviation Administration:
February 22- To prepare for the possibility of a budget sequestration on March 1, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making plans to reduce its expenditures by approximately $600 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013.
Among the changes we are considering are furloughing the vast majority of our 47,000 employees for approximately one day per pay period; closing over 100 air traffic control facilities; eliminating the overnight shift at over 60 facilities; and reducing preventive maintenance and support for all air traffic control equipment. All of these changes will be finalized as to scope and details through collaborative discussions with our users and our unions.
We will begin furloughs and start facility shut-downs in April. You can read more about this process in this letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (PDF).
The air traffic control facilities in Missouri which could be shut down by sequestration (from the FAA):
BBG Branson Branson MO
COU Columbia Regional Columbia MO
JEF Jefferson City Memorial Jefferson City MO
JLN Joplin Regional Joplin MO
STJ Rosecrans Memorial St. Joseph MO
Let’s see, Joplin and Branson are represented in Congress by Billy Long (r). St. Joesph is represented in Congress by Sam Graves (r). Columbia is (now) represented in Congress by Vicky Hartzler (r). Jefferson City is (now) represented in Congress by Blaine Luetkemeyer (r).
And how did they vote on the sequester?:
S 365 RECORDED VOTE 1-Aug-2011 7:09 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: To make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002
—- AYES 269 —
—- NOES 161 —
—- NOT VOTING 3 —
Well, yes, Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) voted against sequestration. Probably not particularly because she anticipated air traffic control tower closings.
And in the Senate?:
U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress – 1st Session
Question: On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to S. 365 )
Vote Number: 123 Vote Date: August 2, 2011, 12:16 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 Vote Result: Motion Agreed to
Measure Number: S. 365 (Budget Control Act of 2011 )
Measure Title: An act to provide for budget control.
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
Flying those Missouri skies might not be so friendly come March 1st (and April).