POSTED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 6:34pm
East Texas ( — Despite GOP efforts to pass a deficit reduction plan, the Obama Administration continues to warn Americans about the potential cuts and other dangers of sequestration.
On Friday, the Federal Aviation administration released a list of airports where air traffic control towers may be closed due to "the possibilty of a budget sequestration".
Among those on the list are the East Texas Regional Airport in Longview and Tyler Pounds Regional Airport in Tyler.
However, officials with the City of Tyler say that these cuts are extremely unlikely.
Even if cuts were to take place, authorities tell KETK that the airports would remain open even if the air traffic control towers closed, because the airport would use services from another nearby tower location.
Republican lawmakers argue that the potential effects that President Obama's administration keeps warning about are the result of cuts that his administration first proposed.
"President Obama said that 'these cuts are not smart, these cuts are not fair, and they will hurt our economy,' but what he neglected to say is that the cuts were his idea," said U.S. Senator Cornyn (R-TX).
"Republicans have repeatedly offered and passed solutions to achieve the same amount of deficit reduction in a more responsible way without tax hikes," Cornyn commented. “Any effort to avert the sequester should begin with the billions of dollars in frivolous projects, government waste, and duplicative spending that have propagated our runaway debt and deficits.”
Sequestration is scheduled to take place on March 1st, when automatic spending cuts go into effect.
It was originally scheduled for January 2nd, but congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which delayed sequestration for two months.