Chris Keating sends this dispatch:
NEW HAVEN – Facing possible furloughs of air traffic controllers, Connecticut’s two U. S. senators came to Tweed New Haven Airport on Friday to oppose any federal budget cuts that could hurt the airport.
The senators oppose the automatic spending cuts that are imminent across the country because of an overall lack of agreement between Congress and President Barack Obama in the process that has become known as “sequestration.”
At the nation’s airports, no furloughs would take place for at least one month - and Tweed could be spared if other airports are chosen for cuts.
Tweed is currently on a list of about 200 airports, and 100 might be chosen if Congress fails to reach a deal.
If there is any disruption at Tweed, that would push more traffic to places like LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport in New York City. “There will be long lines. There will be canceled flights,” Sen. Dick Blumenthal said.
He added, “The great enemy is uncertainty and confusion.”