The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that the Sioux City, Waterloo,and Dubuque airport control towers could be closed as part of the agency's efforts to cut $600 million from its fiscal year 2013 budget.
That will happen if Congress fails to avert so-called "sequestration" before next Friday, March 1st.
The FAA announced it could furlough tens of thousands of employees, eliminate overnight shifts at large airport control towers, and close control towers at smaller airports altogether if so-called "sequestration" is not avoided.
Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley says the plan is not only a negative economic impact, but an impact on public safety. It shows how reckless and irresponsible sequestration is, which is why he voted against it in the first place.
Despite little sign of a deal emerging with Republicans, President Obama says he does not believe it is inevitable that the $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts will take effect.
He says finding a way to avert the cuts should be a "no-brainer" for congressional lawmakers.
Associated Press contributed to this story.