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Loebsack, Grassley, Kirk, Braley and Schilling Invite President to Rock Island Arsenal

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Location: Washington, DC

Members of the bi-state delegation that represents the Rock Island Arsenal, Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA-02), Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Congressmen Bruce Braley (D-IA-01) and Bobby Schilling (R-IL-17), today sent a letter to President Barack Obama upon learning that the President will be visiting the Quad Cities next week. In their letter, the lawmakers invite the President to visit the Rock Island Arsenal while he is in the area.

"One of the features that makes the Quad Cities area unique is the Rock Island Arsenal," the lawmakers wrote. "The Arsenal provides manufacturing, logistics and base support for our military and does so efficiently. This Arsenal has a wealth of history in our country and is the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. It is even designated as a National Historic Landmark.

"… During your visit to Davenport this Tuesday, we would like to invite you to visit the Rock Island Arsenal and see how important it is not just to the Quad Cities community, but also the nation as a whole."

The Rock Island Arsenal is the largest employer in the Quad Cities, employing approximately 7,500 workers. Further, its business supports over 14,000 additional jobs in the surrounding area. The Rock Island Arsenal houses approximately 50 Department of Defense organizations, including the Joint Manufacturing Technology Center, and its dynamic workforce is unlike any other throughout the country.

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