White House officials brought Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to its briefing room present dire warnings about how cuts from the 2011 Budget Control Act will affect transportation across the United States.

“These are harmful cuts with real-world consequences that will cost jobs and hurt our economy,” LaHood said in a press conference earlier today.

The cuts, which are are known as sequestration, go into effect at the beginning of March if Congress and the White House fail to come to an agreement.

The DOT’s budget will be cut by $1.2 billion for the rest of fiscal 2013, which ends in September. The department has already announced $600 million in proposed cuts to the Federal Aviation Administration, which may include:

  • Furloughing up to 47,000 employees for one day per pay period
  • Closing over 100 air traffic control facilities (see chart below)
  • Eliminating the overnight shift at over 60 facilities
  • Reducing preventive maintenance and support for all air traffic control equipment.

Changes will be determined by negotiations with municipalities where facilities are located and discussions with labor unions.

Closure of air traffic control stations touches military, commercial, and passenger flights in the U.S. In addition to closed stations, the DOT will cut hours at towers that remain open, resulting in fewer controllers on site. When this happens, controllers space out the intervals between flights to ensure safety. This translates into fewer planes being able to take off and land per day.

According to DOT estimates, airports in major markets like Chicago, New York, and Atlanta will see 90-minute delays during peak hours.

The DOT has over 55,000 employees, of which the majority work at the Federal Aviation Administration, and air traffic controllers make up the largest group of FAA employees.

LaHood, a former Republican congressman from Illinois chided lawmakers from his own party for not working with their Democratic colleagues.

“They’re hoping that maybe I can influence some of the people in my own party,” LaHood said of his appearance today at the White House.

LaHood suggested that the lawmakers watch the movie Lincoln to put the current matter in perspective and get a lesson in how hard it is to negotiate matters that are actually difficult. “This is not rocket science,” LaHood said, referring to the budget talks.

After the appearance, LaHood took to Twitter and his Fast Lane blog to argue his case further.

Clip of LaHood’s press conference:


Air Traffic Control Facilities That Could be Closed

FacilityNameCityState
BFMMobile DowntownMobileAL
DHNDothan RegionalDothanAL
TCLTuscaloosa RegionalTuscaloosaAL
ASGSpringdale MunicipalSpringdaleAR
FSMFort Smith Tower FortSmithAR
FYVDrake FieldFayettevilleAR
ROGRogers Municipal-Carter FieldRogersAR
TXKTexarkana Regional-Webb FieldTexarkanaAR
GEUGlendale MunicipalGlendaleAZ
GYRPhoenix GoodyearGoodyearAZ
IFPLaughlin/Bullhead International BullheadCityAZ
RYNRyan FieldTucsonAZ
APCNapa TowerNapaCA
CCRConcord TowerConcordCA
CMACamarillo TowerCamarilloCA
EMTEl Monte Tower ElMonteCA
FULFullerton MunicipalFullertonCA
HHRJack Northrop Field/Hawthorne MunicipalHawthorneCA
LVKLivermore TowerLivermoreCA
MERCastleAtwaterCA
OXROxnardOxnardCA
PMDPalmdale Regional/USAF Plant 42PalmdaleCA
POCBrackett Tower LaVerneCA
RALRiverside MunicipalRiversideCA
RNMRamonaRamonaCA
SACSacramento ExecutiveSacramentoCA
SCKStockton TowerStocktonCA
SDMBrown Field Municipal SanDiegoCA
SMOSanta Monica Tower SantaMonicaCA
SNSSalinas MunicipalSalinasCA
SQLSan Carlos SanCarlosCA
STSCharles M. Schultz-Sonoma County SantaRosaCA
VCVSouthern California LogisticsVictorvilleCA
WHPWhiteman LosAngelesCA
WJFGeneral William J. Fox AirfieldLancasterCA
BJCBroomfield Tower Westminster CO FTG Front RangeDenverCO
BDRIgor I. Sikorsky MemorialBridgeportCT
DXRDanbury MunicipalDanburyCT
GONGroton-New LondonNew LondonCT
HFDHartford-BrainardHartfordCT
HVNTweed-New Haven NewHavenCT
OXCWaterbury-OxfordOxfordCT
ILGWilmington Tower NewCastleDE
APFNaples MunicipalNaplesFL
BCTBoca Raton BocaRatonFL
CRGCraig MunicipalJacksonvilleFL
EVBNew Smyrna Beach Municipal New SmyrnaBeachFL
FMYPage Field FortMyersFL
FPRSt. Lucie County International FortPierceFL
HWONorth PerryHollywoodFL
ISMKissimmee GatewayOrlandoFL
LALLakeland Linder RegionalLakelandFL
LEELeesburg InternationalLeesburgFL
OCFOcala International-Jim Taylor FieldOcalaFL
OMNOrmond Beach Municipal OrmondBeachFL
OPFOpa-Locka ExecutiveMiamiFL
ORLOrlando ExecutiveOrlandoFL
PGDPunta Gorda PuntaGordaFL
SGJNortheast Florida Regional St.AugustineFL
SPGAlbert Whitted St.PetersburgFL
SUAWitham FieldStuartFL
TIXSpace Coast RegionalTitusvilleFL
VQQCecilJacksonvilleFL
ABYSouthwest Georgia RegionalAlbanyGA
AHNAthens-Ben EppsAthensGA
CSGColumbus MetropolitanColumbusGA
FTYFulton County-Brown FieldAtlantaGA
LZUGwinnett County-Briscoe FieldLawrencevilleGA
MCNMiddle Georgia RegionalMaconGA
RYYCobb County-McCollum FieldAtlantaGA
JRFKalaeloa (John Rodgers Field)KapoleiHI
ALOWaterloo TowerWaterlooIA
DBQDubuque RegionalDubuqueIA
SUXSioux Gateway SiouxCityIA
IDAIdaho Falls Regional IdahoFallsID
LWSLewiston-Nez Perce County Lewiston ID PIH Pocatello RegionalPocatelloID
SUNFriedman MemorialHaileyID
TWFJoslin Field-Magic Valley Regional TwinFallsID
ALNSt. Louis Regional Alton/St.LouisIL
ARRAurora Tower SugarGroveIL
BMICentral Illinois Regional at Bloomington-NormalBloomington-NormalIL
DECDecaturDecaturIL
DPADupage WestChicagoIL
MDHSouthern Illinois CarbondaleCarbondaleIL
MWAWilliamson County RegionalMarionIL
SPISpringfield TowerSpringfieldIL
UGNWaukegan RegionalWaukeganIL
BAKColumbus MunicipalColumbusIN
BMGMonroe CountyBloomingtonIN
GYYGary/Chicago InternationalGaryIN
HUFTerre Haute International-Hulman Field TerraHauteIN
LAFLafayette Tower WestLafayetteIN
MIEDelaware County RegionalMuncieIN
FOEForbes FieldTopekaKS
GCKGarden City Regional GardenCityKS
HUTHutchinson MunicipalHutchinsonKS
IXDNew Century AirCenterOlatheKS
MHKManhattan RegionalManhattanKS
OJCJohnson County ExecutiveOlatheKS
TOPPhilip Billard MunicipalTopekaKS
LOUBowman TowerLouisvilleKY
OWBOwensboro-Daviess CountyOwensboroKY
PAHBarkley RegionalPaducahKY
CWFChennault International LakeCharlesLA
DTNShreveport DowntownShreveportLA
LCHLake Charles Regional LakeCharlesLA
MLUMonroe RegionalMonroeLA
NEWLakefront NewOrleansLA
BAFBarnes MunicipalSpringfieldMA
BVYBeverly MunicipalBeverlyMA
EWBNew Bedford Regional NewBedfordMA
LWMLawrence MunicipalLawrenceMA
ORHWorcester RegionalWorcesterMA
OWDNorwood MemorialNorwoodMA
ESNEaston/Newnam FieldEastonMD
FDKFrederick MunicipalFrederickMD
HGRHagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson FieldHagerstownMD
MTNMartin StateBaltimoreMD
SBYSalisbury-Ocean City Wicomico RegionalSalisburyMD
ARBAnn Arbor Municipal AnnArborMI
BTLW.K. Kellogg BattleCreekMI
DETColeman A. Young MunicipalDetroitMI
JXNJackson County-Reynolds FieldJacksonMI
MKGMuskegon CountyMuskegonMI
SAWSawyer InternationalMarquetteMI
ANEAnoka County-Blaine Airport (Janes Field)MinneapolisMN
FCMFlying Cloud EdenPrairieMN
MICCrystal TowerCrystalMN
STCSt. Cloud Regional St.CloudMN
BBGBransonBransonMO
COUColumbia RegionalColumbiaMO
JEFJefferson City Memorial JeffersonCityMO
JLNJoplin RegionalJoplinMO
STJRosecrans Memorial St.JosephMO
GLHMid Delta RegionalGreenvilleMS
GTRGolden Triangle RegionalColumbusMS
HKSHawkins FieldJacksonMS
HSAStennis International Bay St.LouisMS
MEIKey FieldMeridianMS
OLVOlive Branch OliveBranchMS
TUPTupelo RegionalTupeloMS
GPIGlacier Park InternationalKalispellMT
HLNHelena RegionalHelenaMT
EWNCoastal Carolina Regional NewBernNC
HKYHickory RegionalHickoryNC
INTSmith Reynolds WinstonSalemNC
ISOKinston Regional Jetport at Stallings FieldKinstonNC
JQFConcord RegionalConcordNC
GRICentral Nebraska Regional GrandIslandNE
ASHBoire FieldNashuaNH
CDWEssex CountyFairfieldNJ
TTNTrenton MercerTrentonNJ
AEGDouble Eagle IIAlbuquerqueNM
HOBLea County RegionalHobbsNM
ROWRoswell International Air CenterRoswellNM
SAFSanta Fe Municipal SantaFeNM
BGMBinghamton TowerJohnson CityNY
FOKFrancis S. GabreskiWesthampton BeachNY
IAGNiagara Falls International NiagaraFallsNY
ITHIthaca Tomkins RegionalIthacaNY
POUDutchess County WappingersFallsNY
RMEGriffiss InternationalRomeNY
CGFCuyahoga CountyClevelandOH
MFDMansfield TowerMansfieldOH
OSUOhio State UniversityColumbusOH
TZRBolton FieldColumbusOH
YNGYoungstown-Warren RegionalViennaOH
ADMArdmore MunicipalArdmoreOK
LAWLawton-Fort Sill RegionalLawtonOK
OUNUniversity of Oklahoma WestheimerNormanOK
PWAWiley Post OklahomaCityOK
SWOStillwater RegionalStillwaterOK
WDGEnid Wooding RegionalEnidOK
LMTKlamath Falls KlamathFallsOR
OTHSouthwest Oregon Regional NorthBendOR
PDTEastern Oregon Regional at PendletonPendletonOR
SLEMcNary FieldSalemOR
TTDPortland-TroutdalePortlandOR
CXYCapital CityHarrisburgPA
IPTWilliamsport RegionalWilliamsportPA
LBEArnold Palmer RegionalLatrobePA
LNSLancasterLancasterPA
PNENortheast PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPA
RDGReading Regional-Carl A. Spaatz FieldReadingPA
CREGrand Strand North MyrtleBeachSC
FLOFlorence RegionalFlorenceSC
GYHDonaldson CenterGreenvilleSC
HXDHilton Head Hilton HeadIslandSC
MKLMcKellar-Sipes RegionalJacksonTN
MQYSmyrnaSmyrnaTN
NQAMillington Regional JetportMillingtonTN
ACTWaco RegionalWacoTX
BAZNew Braunfels Municipal NewBraunfelsTX
BPTJack Brooks RegionalBeaumontTX
BROBrownsville/South Padre Island InternationalBrownsvilleTX
CLLEasterwood Field CollegeStationTX
CNWTSTC WacoWacoTX
CXOLone Star ExecutiveHoustonTX
FWSFort Worth SpinksFort WorthTX
GGGEast Texas RegionalLongviewTX
GKYArlington MunicipalArlingtonTX
GPMGrand Prairie Municipal GrandPrairieTX
GTUGeorgetown MunicipalGeorgetownTX
HYISan Marcos Municipal SanMarcosTX
RBDDallas ExecutiveDallasTX
SGRSugar Land RegionalHoustonTX
SSFStinson Municipal SanAntonioTX
TKICollin County Regional at McKinneyDallasTX
TYRTyler Pounds RegionalTylerTX
VCTVictoria RegionalVictoriaTX
OGDOgden-HinckleyOgdenUT
PVUProvo MunicipalProvoUT
HEFManassas Regional/Harry P. Davis FieldManassasVA
LYHLynchburg Regional/Preston Glenn FieldLynchburgVA
ALWWalla Walla Regional WallaWallaWA
MWHGrant County International MosesLakeWA
OLMOlympia RegionalOlympiaWA
PAESnohomish County Airport (Paine Field)EverettWA
RNTRenton MunicipalRentonWA
SFFFelts FieldSpokaneWA
TIWTacoma NarrowsTacomaWA
YKMYakima Air Terminal/McAllister FieldYakimaWA
CWACentral WisconsinMosineeWI
EAUChippewa Valley Regional EauClaireWI
ENWKenosha RegionalKenoshaWI
JVLSouthern Wisconsin RegionalJanesvilleWI
LSELa Crosse Municipal LaCrosseWI
MWCLawrence J. TimmermanMilwaukieWI
OSHWittman RegionalOshkoshWI
UESWaukesha CountyWaukeshaWI
CKBNorth Central West VirginiaBridgeportWV
HLGWheeling Ohio CountyWheelingWV
HTSTri-State Milton J. Ferguson FieldHuntingtonWV
LWBGreenbrier ValleyLewisburgWV
PKBMid-Ohio Valley RegionalParkersburgWV
CYSCheyenne Regional/Jerry Olson FieldCheyenneWY
Photo Credit: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks at the White House in Washington February 22, 2013. Larry Downing / Reuters