Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Kagen Announces Recovery Act Funds for Austin Straubel Airport

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Media Contact:
Jake Rubin 202.225.5665


March 27, 2009

Appleton, WI — Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is investing our hard-earned tax dollars right here at home, rebuilding America and creating jobs. Under the Recovery Act, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that Austin Straubel International Airport will receive $1,500,000 to rehabilitate their runway.

“The Recovery Act is doing exactly what we intended for it to do – creating jobs by investing in our infrastructure now,” said Kagen.  “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is truly transformational legislation because it is investing in many different sectors of our economy simultaneously including health care, veterans, infrastructure and small business.  I am confident these investments and the jobs they will create will put us on the road towards economic recovery.”

Congressman Kagen fought for an amendment in the Recovery Act to amend the aviation, highway, rail and transit priority consideration and “use-it-or-lost-it” provisions to require that 50 percent of the funds be obligated within 90 days.  Earlier today Kagen announced Recovery Act funding for local health clinics.

The Federal Aviation Administration received $1.1 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to allocate to qualified airports on a discretionary basis. That funding will be distributed based on a project priority system that addresses airport safety and security, infrastructure, runway safety, increased capacity, and mitigation of environmental impacts.

Kagen will be at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King on Monday to announce funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for our veterans.


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