Bustos, Loebsack provision to boost Rock Island Arsenal passes House

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-2) announced that their provision to boost the workload at the Rock Island Arsenal passed the House as part of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Last month, Bustos, Loebsack and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) introduced the Make It At Home Act, a bill that would help increase workload at our nation’s arsenals. This bill was then offered as an amendment that was included in the House Version of NDAA. The bill will now go to the Senate.

“Advocating for our region’s economy and manufacturing base is of the upmost importance to me and why I joined with Representatives Duckworth and Loebsack to lead this important bi-state effort to increase the workload for the Rock Island Arsenal,” said Bustos. “I am encouraged our bill passed today as part of the National Defense Authorization Act and look forward to continuing to champion policies that promote American workers and American manufacturing.”

“The Make it at Home Act is a commonsense bill that will help drive manufacturing and economic growth in the Quad Cities,” said Loebsack. “Since coming to Congress I have worked tirelessly to grow the economy and create jobs, which is exactly what the Make It At Home Act does. Not only does this important legislation serve as an economic engine, but it helps equip those who serve our nation.”

The bill directs the Department of Defense (DOD) to submit to Congress a report on sole-sourced equipment that is currently purchased from foreign companies that could be manufactured in arsenals or depots in the U.S. The report also directs DOD to submit a plan for moving this workload to the U.S. and if this workload cannot be moved to the U.S., an explanation as to why. The report would be due to Congress 30 days after the President submits his or her annual budget. Full text of the bill can be found HERE.