Senate committee approves military spending

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a military construction bill last week that would spend $325 million in Alaska during the coming federal fiscal year.

That's $29 million more than the Bush administration requested.

Much of the Alaska money would come to the two military outposts in the Fairbanks region, Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base.

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, is chairman of the committee.

Fort Wainwright projects in the bill, all of which were requested by the administration, include:

The final phase of the new hospital for $71.6 million.

An ''alert holding area facility'' for $32 million.

An ammunition supply point upgrade for $10.6 million.

A barracks complex for $21.5 million.

An urban warfare training facility for $11.2 million.

A multipurpose training range complex for $47 million.

A pallet processing facility for $16.5 million.

Projects for Eielson Air Force Base include:

A new dormitory for $13.9 million.

A joint security forces complex for $15.8 million, which was not in the administration request.

Repair of a ramp for $19 million.

Replacement of a hydrant fuel system for $17 million.

The bill also includes a number of projects for Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base, both near Anchorage.

The bill must still be approved by the full Senate. A final version must be then negotiated with the House, so funding levels or entire projects could be eliminated.

Nationwide, military construction projects in the Senate bill would cost $9.2 billion, down about $1.5 billion from this fiscal year but $78 million over Bush's request.

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