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Rep. Watkins Talks New CARES Act Funding with Local Airports

Press Release

Date: May 1, 2020
Location: Topeka, KS

Today, Congressman Steve Watkins (KS-02) reached out to all of the airports in Kansas' Second Congressional district that will receive economic relief funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to discuss airport operations during the pandemic. Watkins, a strong advocate of small communities, spoke in support of the CARES Act on the House Floor.

The airports in KS-02 that will receive funds from the CARES Act include:

Lawrence Municipal Airport -- $69,000
Atkinson Municipal Airport (Pittsburg) -- $69,000
Ottawa Municipal Airport -- $30,000
Coffey County Airport -- $30,000
Miami County Airport -- $20,000
Chanute Martin Johnson Airport -- $20,000
Osage City Municipal Airport -- $20,000
Independence Municipal Airport -- $20,000

Congressman Steve Watkins, issued the following statement:

"Traveling from Kansas to D.C. to vote on critical legislation to help combat the Coronavirus, I have seen firsthand the impact the pandemic has had on our airports. Small and regional airports have a tremendous impact on the lives and livelihoods of Kansans by providing jobs, attracting businesses and tourism, and transporting products like emergency medical supplies to communities across Eastern Kansas. I am glad I could speak with our airport personnel to notify them of this funding and that the CARES Act can continue to deliver relief for our communities."

Mike Miller, Airport Manager of Lawrence Municipal Airport, issued the following statement:

"We are grateful for the generosity of Congress stepping up at this time of need. The economy is hurting and this will go a long way in to assist us in maintaining a safe and efficient airport environment."

Cameron Alden, Public Works Director of the City of Pittsburg, issued the following statement:

"The City of Pittsburg would like to express its appreciation for the $69,000 it received through the CARES Act. This allows the city to continue to maintain and operate the airport in Pittsburg, KS, as it is a large economic driver for our town. These dollars will allow the airport to be there and continue to support the businesses when they are able to return to their regular flying activities."