Mid-Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler wants Congress to continue funding the Columbia Regional Airportâ??s air traffic control tower.
Hartzler toured the tower in March 2013 after FAA officials threatened to close the facility.
If the Columbia tower closes, pilots flying into and out of Columbia Regional Airport would have to communicate with air traffic controllers in Springfield and Kansas City.
During a visit in Columbia on Friday, Hartzler said she thinks the closure would cause safety problems.
Hartzler said, â??It prevents that â??eyes on the groundâ?? capability that cannot be replaced with having people here in the tower that can move the airplanes around and see if there is an obstruction on the runway of some sort and make sure the people stay safe.â??
Hartzler wants this yearâ??s appropriation bill to include specific language that guarantees continued funding for Columbiaâ??s tower through the FAAâ??s budget.