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Kinzinger Applauds Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for Rockford Airport Infrastructure Grant

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Washington, July 2, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for awarding $677 million in airport infrastructure grants, which include more than $3.1 million to the Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Illinois for expansion of the airport’s cargo facility and ramp expansion system.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for awarding $677 million in airport infrastructure grants, which include more than $3.1 million to the Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Illinois for expansion of the airport’s cargo facility and ramp expansion system.

Congressman Kinzinger has been a vocal advocate for infrastructure improvements in the district he serves, throughout the state of Illinois, and across the country. These grants will fund infrastructure projects that will enhance safety and efficiency, modernize our aviation and technology, and boost economic growth.

A strong supporter of the recent Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement on the groundbreaking event at the Rockford Airport’s International Cargo Facility today:

“Today, the Chicago Rockford International Airport is breaking ground on expansion of their cargo facility and recognizing the start of construction on the cargo ramp expansion. This is a big project and a large investment that highlights the successes of the Rockford Airport.

Improving our aging infrastructure is critical, and I’m proud to see this Administration and our Republican majority pass legislation that follows through on this priority. In March, the House passed the FY2018 Omnibus, which included funding to improve our nation’s crumbling infrastructure through grant projects on transportation, energy, water, and broadband. In April, the House passed the FAA Reauthorization Act and in early June, the Department of Transportation allocated infrastructure resources to areas like our very own Rockford International Airport.

“I’m grateful to this Administration and to Secretary Chao for awarding this grant to our community, to recognizing the needs of our nation’s infrastructure, and keeping its promise to the American people on improving the traveling public’s safety and quality of life in transportation." 

Congressman Kinzinger has often discussed the need to put partisan politics aside when it comes to important issues like infrastructure. Earlier this year in an interview with WNIJ’s Friday Forum, the Congressman spoke about the Rockford Airport being a good example of the Illinois delegation’s cooperation. The Rockford Register Star also complimented the bipartisan cooperation of the Illinois delegation on this issue saying, “Rockford has had great success in convincing the federal and state governments that Chicago Rockford International Airport’s expansion is good for the local, state and national economy. We’ve been fortunate to have allies over the years like U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, former U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Illinois; U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois. They have worked well together regardless of political differences to garner needed federal dollars to keep expansion on pace at RFD.”

In March, Congressman Kinzinger visited the Chicago Rockford International Airport to tour the UPS Air Hub, which serves 13 states across the country with 28 daily UPS flights, and speak to the employees about the FAA objectives, trade issues, and other concerns they had at the time.

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