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Fighting for Oregon's small airports

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: our infrastructure is outdated and in dire need of investment to keep the public safe and our economy moving. As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House, it's imperative to me that our airports and their supporting facilities are in good working order. Airports create economic opportunities by facilitating the transport of people as well as cargo and act as critical economic hubs in rural communities.

Here in Oregon, small rural airports play a critical safety role in fighting forest fires. Many of these airports are what keep their communities and local businesses successful and, employing hundreds of Oregonians.

That's why I worked to secure more than $140 million in grants for Oregon airports under the CARES ACT to make sure Oregonians can continue to count on them during the pandemic. These grants will allow both large and small airfields to continue serving our communities despite the dramatic reduction in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the emergency funds in the CARES Act, last week, I secured an additional $2 million investment in the Illinois Valley Airport in Cave Junction. This grant will help fund the reconstruction of the airport's taxiway and rehabilitation of the airport's apron and runway.

This much-needed investment in the Illinois Valley Airport, which serves approximately 6,000 aircraft operations each year, will keep passengers and airport workers safe, ensure access to the area during the pandemic, and set us up for further development as the economy rebuilds.

I'm proud to work to meet our country's infrastructure and transportation needs in Washington and to fight every day for working Oregonians.


Posted on July 21, 2020.

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