Conn. senator seeks to block airport funding cuts

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm •  Published: March 18, 2013

The FAA said in a statement it has offered to sponsors for 189 airports within the FAA's contract tower program the opportunity to explain why eliminating funding would "adversely affect the national interest." The agency said it has received a large number of responses and delayed until Friday its final decision and announcement of funding cuts.

While Blumenthal focused his criticism on the potential job losses at airports and other industries that could result from the budget cuts, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., accused President Barack Obama of "playing politics with public safety."

Blumenthal said lawmakers "should put the politics aside" and work to keep airport operations funded.

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