OGDEN -- Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, issued a statement Wednesday saying he wants a guarantee from the United States transportation secretary that Ogden-Hinckley's air traffic control tower will remain open.
Bishop said he's pleased with reports that U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has said 149 Federal Aviation Administration towers, including Ogden and Provo towers, will be spared from closure.
Last week, Bishop voted in support of legislation to give the FAA greater flexibility to shift funding to support necessary programs and prevent furloughs. That legislation passed both the House and the Senate and the president is expected to sign it into law.
"I am very encouraged by Secretary LaHood's apparent statements about keeping the towers open," Bishop said, "But verbal commitments seem to be broken by the (Obama) administration all the time. I'll will be more comfortable with a more official guarantee that the towers will in fact remain open."