The Kirk Report

Senator Mark Kirk
2013-09-25 09:47:15
The Kirk Report Dear Friends, In 2011, a 9-year-old boy named Jackson suffered a stroke. A year later, as I was recovering from my own stroke, Jackson wrote me a letter with some simple yet powerful advice: never give up. I encourage you to watch the video below for the full story on how Jackson and I became pen pals and how he continues to be my inspiration.� [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/nbcjacksonvideo.png] [link 1] � You can also check out the latest People Magazine and my website [link 2] for more behind-the-scenes interview content and for information on how I am working to help other stroke survivors.� � � *Maintaining Critical Capabilities at Scott Air Force Base* � This weekend I met with the Scott Air Force Base task force and Colonel Kyle Kremer of the 375th Air Mobility Wing to share ideas on how to support the base�s mission. We discussed our shared goal to enhance Scott�s important work and make Scott a more attractive location for future KC-46 refueling tankers. Scott AFB is not only a major economic player in the Metro East area, �it is also vital to our national defense. I will work to ensure it remains that way. Click here to read the Belleville News Democrat article [link 3]�about my weekend meetings.� *Supporting Farmers* � [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/farmbureau.jpg] � Agriculture is the number one industry in Illinois. Recently, I met with the Illinois Farm Bureau to discuss how farmers can continue to be an economic powerhouse for our state. I believe that includes unlocking the full potential of our state�s river system by making the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers agricultural export drag strips for our crops. Senator Durbin and I put forward bipartisan legislation to use public-private partnerships to improve the country�s locks and dams. To learn more about my bill that will take advantage of the Panama Canal's expansion and boost the Illinois economy,�click here [link 4]. �� *Keeping Kids with Allergies Safe at School* � [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/epipen2.jpg ] � Millions of children across the US are at risk from potential allergic attacks while at school. When kids are exposed to severe allergens, swift and safe administration of epinephrine often can mean the difference between life and death. Last week I introduced a bill with Senator Dick Durbin to provide qualified, trained staff the ability to prevent an allergy-related fatality by administering an epinephrine injection immediately. Our bill, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, will encourage states across the nation to improve school access to epinephrine auto-injectors. �To learn more about how we can prevent life-threatening allergic reactions in schools click here [link 5]. � *Honoring Our Service Members* � [image = www.kirk.senate.gov/images/hartel.jpg] � About two weeks before I suffered a stroke in January 2012, I had the rare privilege of swearing-in a dear childhood friend, Bill Hartel, as a newly-commissioned officer in the Army Reserve. At age 51, Hartel then went on to serve in the Army as a dentist at a NATO combat hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. �Last Thursday we were reunited and I had the honor of presenting service medals awarded to Hartel while he was in uniform. To read about our meeting in the Post-Dispatch, click here [link 6]. �
September 25, 2013
 
Maintaining Critical Capabilities at Scott Air Force Base
 
This weekend I met with the Scott Air Force Base task force and Colonel Kyle Kremer of the 375th Air Mobility Wing to share ideas on how to support the base�s mission. We discussed our shared goal to enhance Scott�s important work and make Scott a more attractive location for future KC-46 refueling tankers. Scott AFB is not only a major economic player in the Metro East area,  it is also vital to our national defense. I will work to ensure it remains that way.  about my weekend meetings. 
Supporting Farmers
 
 
Agriculture is the number one industry in Illinois. Recently, I met with the Illinois Farm Bureau to discuss how farmers can continue to be an economic powerhouse for our state. I believe that includes unlocking the full potential of our state�s river system by making the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers agricultural export drag strips for our crops. Senator Durbin and I put forward bipartisan legislation to use public-private partnerships to improve the country�s locks and dams. To learn more about my bill that will take advantage of the Panama Canal's expansion and boost the Illinois economy, .   
Keeping Kids with Allergies Safe at School
 
 
Millions of children across the US are at risk from potential allergic attacks while at school. When kids are exposed to severe allergens, swift and safe administration of epinephrine often can mean the difference between life and death. Last week I introduced a bill with Senator Dick Durbin to provide qualified, trained staff the ability to prevent an allergy-related fatality by administering an epinephrine injection immediately. Our bill, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, will encourage states across the nation to improve school access to epinephrine auto-injectors.  To learn more about how we can prevent life-threatening allergic reactions in schools .
 
Honoring Our Service Members
 
 
About two weeks before I suffered a stroke in January 2012, I had the rare privilege of swearing-in a dear childhood friend, Bill Hartel, as a newly-commissioned officer in the Army Reserve. At age 51, Hartel then went on to serve in the Army as a dentist at a NATO combat hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  Last Thursday we were reunited and I had the honor of presenting service medals awarded to Hartel while he was in uniform. .  

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