Bustos Statement on Passage of Defense Appropriations Bill to Strengthen the Rock Island Arsenal

WASHINGTON – Yesterday evening, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted in favor and lauded the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill, which contains important funding to keep the Rock Island Arsenal operating and help it succeed.

“Working across the aisle to strengthen the Rock Island Arsenal is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I’m proud to help pass this year’s bipartisan Defense Appropriations bill which will allow the Arsenal to stay competitive in the years to come,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “For more than a hundred years, the Rock Island Arsenal has been the foundation of our community, and I’ll continue working in a bipartisan manner to position the Arsenal for success in the future.”

Specifically, the FY17 Defense Appropriations bill includes $140,000,000 for Industrial Mobilization Capacity. Industrial Mobilization Capacity funding helps keep work rates competitive at Rock Island Arsenal and other Army arsenals across the country.

The legislation also includes an increase in funding for Humvee ambulances, which support important manufacturing jobs in our community. The Arsenal’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center’s (JMTC) Humvee ambulance line began in January 2014 in partnership with AM General and is currently producing Humvee ambulances for Army National Guard units in all 50 states for use in natural disasters and homeland security response. The bill would provide $110 million for Humvee ambulances, an increase of $50 million over the previous fiscal year.

The bill represented a bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate. It will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.