The Kirk Report - Week in Review

Senator Mark Kirk
2013-09-03 13:42:15
The Kirk Report Dear Friends, I hope you had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.� Before updating you on my past week traveling across Illinois, I want to update you on the situation in Syria.� On Friday, I participated in a secure classified conference call with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to learn more about the administration's evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to murder men, women and children near Damascus.� On Saturday, I joined another briefing call with key national security officials. In my view, the President made the right decision to seek congressional approval for any military action in Syria.� While I would oppose any resolution that authorizes boots on the ground in Syria, I would support a narrow authorization of a missile strike targeting those responsible for using chemical weapons and deterring future use of such weapons.� The American people do not want a wider Middle Eastern war.� I will continue to monitor developments closely with your input in mind. *VISITING THE QUAD CITIES* Last Monday, Army Corps Rock Island District Commander Colonel Mark Deschenes took me on a tour of Lock and Dam #15. During the tour, Col. Deschenes and other Army Corp of Engineers officials updated me on our waterway infrastructure.� We discussed the $60 million infrastructure improvement backlog that exists and how public private partnerships, like those in my WIN P3 bill [link 1], can help the Army Corps eliminate this backlog.� The Corps also shared with me information on the Panama Canal Expansion and how addressing our waterway infrastructure issues could unlock jobs throughout Illinois in agriculture, energy, and chemical industries. ��� [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/lockanddam.JPG] While in the Quad Cities area, I also had the opportunity to tour the area's largest employer - the Rock Island Arsenal.� [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/arsenaltour.JPG] The Arsenal is not only critical to our national security, but also central to the Quad Cities economy. As we wind down our combat mission in Afghanistan, we need to preserve the Arsenal�s manufacturing capabilities.� That is why I convened a roundtable meeting with local employers, elected officials and Arsenal representatives regarding efforts to encourage more public-private partnerships on the Island. [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/rockroundtable.JPG] Public-private partnerships can play a key role in maintaining workloads during this time and can help to ensure costs remain low and prices stay competitive. To read more about my efforts to enhance public-private partnerships and keep jobs at the Arsenal, click here [link 2]. *VISITING NORTHWEST ILLINOIS* [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/ulysses.JPG] From Galena to Elizabeth to Freeport, Northwest Illinois remains a critical region for tourism, agriculture, innovation and history.� In Galena, I visited some of our most precious historical sites � President Grant's home, the DeSoto House [link 3] and the home of one of my predecessors in the House of Representatives, Elihu B. Washburne.� These places not only generate tourism revenue and jobs, they remind us that a few committed individuals from Illinois can change the course of history. [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/lincolndouglas.png] In Elizabeth, I visited the Design Mill to learn how an Illinois company is using technology to modernize military, educational and consumer products.� And in Freeport, I joined Mayor Gitz at a local celebration marking the 155th anniversary of the second Lincoln-Douglas debate.� To learn more about my visit,�check out this article in the Journal Standard [link 4].� *VISITING ROCKFORD* [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/rockford.JPG] On Wednesday, I met with Rockford officials and area law enforcement to discuss ways to combat violent crime in Winnebago County.��As of mid-August, Rockford had 15 homicides - an 88 percent increase compared to the same period last year. To read about my efforts to secure more federal funding to combat gangs and violent crime,�click here [link 5]. [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/hcab1.png] After meeting with law enforcement, I convened my Health Care Advisory Board at Swedish American Hospital to discuss the local impact of the Affordable Care Act on jobs, costs and patient care. We also talked about the importance�of rehabilitation. *LISTENING TOUR OF ENGLEWOOD* [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/church.JPG] On Thursday, I joined Congressman Bobby Rush on a listening tour of the Englewood community. We visited with families of gun violence victims, community organizations, civic leaders and neighborhood youth. Chicago has a serious violence problem, and Congressman Rush and I are united in our efforts to save lives and stop the violence.� We will continue to work together until we succeed. [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/teamwork.png] Be sure to watch the CBS 2 News report about my tour of Englewood by clicking the video below. [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/CBS2EnglewoodYoutube.png] [link 6] To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my website www.kirk.senate.gov [link 7]. To follow me on Twitter click here [link 8], and to like my Facebook page click here [link 9]. It is an honor to represent you in the Senate. Very Truly Yours, [image = kirk.enews.senate.gov/images/kirksigNoBg.png] Mark Kirk United States Senator
September 03, 2013

VISITING ROCKFORD

On Wednesday, I met with Rockford officials and area law enforcement to discuss ways to combat violent crime in Winnebago County.  As of mid-August, Rockford had 15 homicides - an 88 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

To read about my efforts to secure more federal funding to combat gangs and violent crime, .

After meeting with law enforcement, I convened my Health Care Advisory Board at Swedish American Hospital to discuss the local impact of the Affordable Care Act on jobs, costs and patient care. We also talked about the importance of rehabilitation.

LISTENING TOUR OF ENGLEWOOD

On Thursday, I joined Congressman Bobby Rush on a listening tour of the Englewood community. We visited with families of gun violence victims, community organizations, civic leaders and neighborhood youth. Chicago has a serious violence problem, and Congressman Rush and I are united in our efforts to save lives and stop the violence.  We will continue to work together until we succeed.

Be sure to watch the CBS 2 News report about my tour of Englewood by clicking the video below.


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