(Dallesport, WA) -- The federal government is spending nearly three million dollars on the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport. Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley along with Washington Congressman Dan Newhouse helped secure the money. The airport is located across the Columbia River from The Dalles. It's become a hub for wildfire fighting aircraft and general aviation. They money will pay for a taxilane and reconstruction of the airport's apron.