DECATUR — U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Monrovia) gave the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce an update about items ongoing in Washington, D.C.

Strong said the fifth congressional district was well-known in D.C. due to the many businesses involved in America's national interest, like returning to the moon and the talented workforce within this district.

He also pointed out that not only Huntsville and Madison County are making leaps of progress but all of North Alabama.

"Our biggest successes occur when we all work together," Strong said.

In a question discussing United Launch Alliance (ULA) expansion and how his work on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) impacts ULA. Strong said he loved to tell the story of how the United States used to rely on Russian engines for rockets until ULA changed that by providing its own domestic rockets.

Strong said he frequently visited ULA and that it is the world's largest rocket plant, with 1.9 million square feet and 400,000 to be added soon. He mentioned the importance of ULA to the local community and its impact on the national scale. He said he wanted everyone in America to know that when that rocket goes off, the effort and work of the Decatur and North Alabama communities made it happen.

Strong also emphasized the importance of infrastructure during the luncheon and how the exponential growth that North Alabama has seen deserves additional federal funds. He said he would do all he could to bring as much money back to his district and that those tax dollars are not from the government but from the people.

To conclude, Strong was asked since being elected what accomplishment he is most proud of. He answered by saying it was constituent services. He mentioned how his staff does not just stick to the offices but sets days to travel to even the smallest cities so that those of his district can participate in the services a congressional office can offer. Many are veterans who are struggling with the VA for medical needs and former service members who earned awards but never received them.

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