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Dennis R.
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  • Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

    by Representative Dennis A. Ross

    Posted on 2013-02-28

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    ROSS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. ROSS. 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 6-day Sun 'n Fun fly-in that celebrates aviation and is the second-largest event of its kind in the world. This Sun 'n Fun fly-in is also the second largest convention in the State of Florida. It provides a $50 million economic impact to the region [[Page H805]] each year. The potential closure of the 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.


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