Cotton vows response to planned tower closings

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Congressman Tom Cotton says he'll get answers from the Federal Aviation Administration about plans to shut down about 200 airport control towers due to federal budget cuts.

Cotton said Thursday that he and other members of the Arkansas delegation - plus other House members - will send a letter next week to the FAA asking for an explanation behind the rationale for closing the contract towers.

Contract towers are those staffed by non-federal employees.

Cotton says the budget cuts takes about $600 million from the Department of Transportation and he says the agency spends about $500 million a year on consultants and $200 million on travel.

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