The Kirk Report
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.
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. ���
While in the Quad
Cities area, I also had the opportunity to tour the area's largest
employer - the Rock Island Arsenal.�
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.
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*
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.
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].�
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].
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.
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
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To learn more about my work on your behalf, please visit my
website www.kirk.senate.gov [link 7].
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It is an honor to represent you in the Senate.
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United States Senator