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Politics

Dispute over control towers in budget spotlight

Slows sequester talks

WASHINGTON — A dispute over budget cuts that threaten dozens of smaller control towers with closure slowed the Senate’s progress Tuesday on legislation needed to avoid a government shutdown on March 27.

Senator Jerry Moran, Republican of Kansas, refused repeatedly to permit final passage of the measure unless Democrats first allow a vote on his plan for erasing most of the cuts aimed at towers operated by Federal Aviation Administration contract employees.

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