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Wisconsin Congressman Kind wants to keep air traffic controllers at small airports


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Some of the federal government’s automatic spending cuts are creating more paperwork – in the form of congressional bills to restore that money.

La Crosse House Democrat Ron Kind is co-sponsoring a measure to maintain air traffic controllers at his hometown airport and 148 others around the country.

Eight towers in Wisconsin were among those that were supposed to be closed on April 7th – until the FAA announced a reprieve until at least June 15th.

Pilots said they could still communicate with each other to keep their planes going without colliding – but Kind says it’s slowing down regional commerce. He said the across the board sequestration process is the wrong way to cut spending. Kind is also critical of funding cuts for children’s Head Start programs.

As Kind put it, “These kids are 3 and 4-years-old only once in their life – and it we miss this opportunity now to invest in their future, they’re going to be behind the ball.”