CWO service is a lifesaving program
The FAA plans to eliminate Contract Weather Offices (CWO) throughout the USA. They've stated that regardless of any issues regarding the sequester, they still plan to close the offices.
If this is about money, if and when another major accident occurs and it's determined that the weather watch was unsatisfactory to the point that poor reporting was a major cause in the mishap, then the government will be at fault. The payout on resulting lawsuits alone would likely fund the CWO program nationwide for the next five-year term.
Why is the FAA going to use tombstone technology like the Limited Aviation Weather Reporting Service? Why wait for LAWRS to be part of the fault in a crash? Look no further than the Lexington crash to see what can happen when air traffic controllers are busy with duties other than their mission: separation of and safe maneuvering of airplanes.
When weather is at its worst is not the time for a controller to be devoting his/her attention to something other than controlling aircraft movements.
During inclement weather, everything about flying becomes more dangerous. It is during these times that CWO service is literally a lifesaver. The FAA has time and again tried, with some success, to minimize the impact of the weather observer's importance. This way they can add more duties to the controller, reduce the number of stations with weather reporting and save money -- but at what cost?
Transferring weather service to controllers represents a severe degradation that will put air travelers at greater risk of injury and death from weather issues and overworking of the controller service.
Who does Capito think is expendable?
Wannabe Senator Shelley Moore Capito seems proud to have voted to kill more than 200 of her constituents next year. She ought to be ashamed of herself.