Newly sworn-in Freshmen Representatives Rodney Davis (IL-13) and Bill Enyart (IL-12) today released a joint statement highlighting their commitment to fight for Scott Air Force Base. Scott is a major employer and economic hub for Central and Southern Illinois, but reports out this week reveal that the base was overlooked for a new Air Force refueling mission. Davis and Enyart expressed disappointment at the decision and vowed to work together to make Scott Air Force Base a top priority in their first term. They will collaborate with the delegation to ensure that Scott is a top candidate for future missions.
"The central location of Scott Air Force Base and the expertise of the men and women who work there make the Air Force's decision extremely disappointing and quite perplexing," said Davis. "Moving forward, I will work with the Air Force and members of the Illinois and Missouri delegations to ensure that Scott is a candidate for future opportunities. We must work together to protect this vital economic hub for this region."
"My top priority is to fight for good jobs and protect Scott Air Force Base. By serving on the House Armed Services Committee, I will advocate for Scott and ensure its continued success," Enyart said. "It is disappointing that Scott Air Force Base was not picked for the first wave of new tankers, but Scott plays a critical role supporting missions that cannot be overlooked. I look forward to working with the Illinois and Missouri delegations and the Air Force to land the next wave of tankers and strengthening Scott."
Before being elected to Congress, Enyart served as the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. He will bring 35 years of military service experience to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee where he will fight to protect Scott Air Force Base.