Reps in the News: Appleton Airport Receives $10.5 Million DOT Grant

Governor Scott Walker

On Aug. 24 Gov. Walker announced the state has launched a $1.9 million national marketing campaign to encourage military personnel and their spouses who are transitioning to civilian life to live and work in Wisconsin once they leave the service. “Through social media, online ads and personal engagement with veterans transitioning to civilian life, this innovative campaign will share the message that there is no better place than Wisconsin for veterans to start their post-military lives,” Walker said. The campaign, a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, is a part of the state’s new $6.8 million marketing campaign aimed at attracting talent to address Wisconsin’s current and future workforce needs. This marks the first time the state has launched a comprehensive talent attraction campaign aimed at military personnel.

Source:  Walker press release


Congressman Mike Gallagher

Rep. Gallagher announced a Department of Transportation (DOT) grant of $10,452,500 to Appleton International Airport for the construction of an Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Training Facility. Gallagher was instrumental in directing DOT to address the lack of training facilities in Northeast Wisconsin and to award grant funding. “The $10.5 million in grant money will be a driver of economic development and jobs for not only Appleton, but for all of Northeast Wisconsin. I’m proud to go to bat for our local airports through my work on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and I will continue pushing for policies that encourage growth for the region.” Gallagher was selected to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, one of the largest committees in Congress.

Source:  Gallagher press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Baldwin announced that Appleton International Airport was awarded $10.4 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation to establish a Regional Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Training Center. The airport will partner with Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC). Baldwin helped secure this federal funding to expand access to airport fire and rescue training services throughout the Great Lakes Region. “Appleton International Airport is making a significant investment to expand educational and career opportunities in the Fox Valley, and is building upon its strong relationship with Fox Valley Technical College for training,” Baldwin said. The partnership includes world-leading fire apparatus manufacturers Oshkosh Corporation and Pierce Manufacturing. College officials and industry training experts at FVTC are looking forward to sharing their combined expertise to enhance airport safety. An ARFF training service gap in the Midwest exists with recent facility closures in Duluth, Minnesota, and Battle Creek, Michigan. As such, there is difficulty in scheduling required training in the Midwest. The ARFF training center will be constructed near FVTC’s Public Safety Training Center. Appleton International Airport and FVTC will also partner with industry-leading suppliers of fire safety vehicles, like Oshkosh Corporation and Pierce Manufacturing, who are both headquartered in the Fox Valley and support the project. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin secured language in the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill expressing concern about the training gap in the Great Lakes and directing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to identify a plan to address it, including through cost-effective solutions like partnerships.

Source:  Baldwin press release


Senator Ron Johnson

Johnson, chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, spoke about the importance of trade with Mexico and Canada for Wisconsin during an interview on Bloomberg TV.

“Wisconsin has a trade surplus with both Canada and Mexico. Mexico is our largest market for Wisconsin cheese. I was glad the administration has come to terms with Mexico on a trade deal. I hope that Canada can also come to an agreement, because we really do want that North American market,” Johnson said. “I wish this agreement would have been made months ago because we’ve just had this uncertainty hanging over our economy. You can see how the stock market stalled and how the stock market took off once this deal was done, so I hope the administration is paying attention to that.”

Source:  Johnson press release


President Donald Trump

Axios has obtained a spreadsheet that’s circulated through Republican circles on and off Capitol Hill – including at least one leadership office – that meticulously previews the investigations Democrats will likely launch if they flip the House in November. Publicly, House Republicans are putting on a brave face about the midterms. But privately, they are scrambling to prepare for the worst. The document catalogs more than 100 formal requests Democrats have already made. Republicans have used their control of the congressional agenda to stymie any rigorous investigation into dozens of urgent scandals swirling around the Trump administration. The likely investigations cited in the spreadsheet include:

  • President Trump’s tax returns;
  • Trump family businesses;
  • Trump’s dealings with Russia;
  • The payment to Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels);
  • James Comey’s firing;
  • Trump’s firing of U.S. attorneys;
  • Trump’s proposed transgender ban for the military;
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s business dealings;
  • White House staff’s personal email use;
  • Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses and other misused perks;
  • Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago;
  • Jared Kushner’s ethics law compliance;
  • Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors;
  • The travel ban;
  • Family separation policy;
  • Hurricane response in Puerto Rico;
  • Election security and hacking attempts;
  • White House security clearances.


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