WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced the award of a $7,828,000 contract for the construction of a new Fire Crash Rescue Station at the Peoria Air National Guard. This officially takes the Peoria Air National Guard off the table from losing funding as a result of the president’s emergency declaration.
“Critical military construction projects should never be placed on hold because of politics,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. “Having visited the facility in Peoria, I’ve seen the importance of the fire station firsthand – and I’m so proud we were able to protect the funding for the Peoria Air National Guard that we worked so hard to secure. I look forward to breaking ground and seeing this project through to its completion.”
Earlier this year, Congresswoman Bustos secured a verbal commitment from the Department of Defense that the Peoria Air National Guard should not be impacted by the president’s misguided national emergency declaration. Today’s announcement confirms that commitment. Last year, Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to secure the funding to construct the fire house at the Peoria Air National Guard.