On Friday, March 18, Congressswoman Cheri Bustos and Senator Dick Durbin held a press conference to inform the public about the Army Arsenal Revitalization Act. Tara Barney, Quad Cities Chamber President & CEO, spoke about the bill's importance to our local economy. In addition, representatives from the two American Federation of Government Employees locals joined in their support for the bill's importance to retaining and expanding jobs. The Arsenal bill includes several provisions which will result in a tremendous potential for increased workload and partnership capabilities for the Rock Island Arsenal.
The Arsenal bill includes several provisions which will result in a tremendous potential for increased workload and partnership capabilities for the Rock Island Arsenal. The bill directs the Department of Defense to use the recent GAO report which identified critical capabilities of the military’s industrial core to workload arsenals sufficiently to ensure these critical capabilities are maintained. The Bill also directs the DOD to identify legacy and sole source items that can be produced by arsenals. Together, these provisions should result in a significant increase in workload for the Arsenal from military contracts. The bill also gives the Arsenal the ability to be flexible with calculating and bidding its labor rates. The labor rate, which is determined by Congress, has been a big barrier for the Arsenal’s in entering into public-private partnerships.
This is the most recent example of our Congressional Delegation acting in a bipartisan, bi-state manner. There are companion bills (the same bill, introduced in both the House and Senate) which have been introduced by Senator Kirk and Rep. Bustos with Senators Grassley and Durbin and Reps. Loebsack, Duckworth and Westerman as original cosponsors. We’re very grateful to our delegation for their continued leadership on our community’s behalf. Click here to contact your member and thank them for their support.