Monday, June 15, 2009

Defense Supplemental Appropriates $4.4 Billion For Construction

Both houses of Congress begin debate this week on the fiscal 2009 Defense Supplemental Appropriations bill, which has been reported out of the conference committee. The $106 billion measure funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan includes a little over $4.4 billion for military and other construction projects. The Defense Department will get $2.7 billion for various construction projects, including $263 million to complete construction projects at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and the Dewitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. An additional $488 million is included for construction at other stateside military hospitals, and $170 million for a data center for the National Security Agency.

The State Department is getting $896 million for a new embassy and some consulate buildings in Pakistan. The Army Corps of Engineers is provided $847 million for barrier island and ecosystem restoration projects in the Gulf states, to repair hurricane damage from the last several years.
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