A bipartisan effort to spare air traffic control towers from budget-related closure is throttling-up in the US Senate.
On Friday, the office of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., confirmed Marco Rubio, the junior senator and Republican from Florida, has signaled his support for the Protect Our Skies Act.
“Sen. Rubio has signed on to the bill. It’s gaining a lot of traction,” said Garrette Silverman, a spokeswoman for Moran, an early sponsor of the bill along with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
Rubio’s office in Washington, D.C., couldn’t be reached late Friday afternoon for comment.
The bill filed on Tuesday would prohibit the Federal Aviation Administration from closing any air traffic control towers. The FAA says it’s still planning to go ahead with the closings, on June 15.