Congressman DeFazio Announces Over $3.2 Million for Hobby Field Airport
Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today announced over $3.2 million in federal funding for the Hobby Field airport in Creswell, Oregon to help fund airport runway upgrades. The funding was made possible by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program and the American Rescue Plan, which Congressman DeFazio strongly supported and helped make law.
Part of the funding came from the $8 billion DeFazio secured for airports nationwide in the American Rescue Plan. DeFazio fought and succeeded in providing airports with a 100 percent federal match for development projects, removing the need to use scarce local resources.
“The funding provided to Hobby Field will help make critical airport runway upgrades that improve safety and support jobs in the community,” said Rep. DeFazio. “I personally fought for funding like this in the American Rescue Plan to support our nation’s airports, both small and large. As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’m committed to enacting legislation that will strengthen our airport infrastructure while also creating good-paying jobs and supporting our economic recovery.”
DeFazio was a key negotiator and champion of several critical provisions of the American Rescue Plan, including nearly $100 billion in relief for transit, airports, Amtrak, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was approved by his committee in a bipartisan vote.