ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The U.S. House has cleared the way for final transfer of the old Adak Naval Base to the Aleut Native Corp.
By voice vote Tuesday, the House approved a bill by Sen. Frank Murkowski that swaps the old base for a similar amount of corporation land.
The Adak transfer provision includes a land appraisal tax break the Aleut Corp. wanted. It is attached to a Defense Authorization bill now being negotiated by House and Senate conferees.
But the defense bill is bogged down, and Resource Committee Chairman James Hansen of Utah says it's prudent to move Murkowski's stand-alone Adak bill, which has already cleared the Senate.
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