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January 05, 2007

Inhofe backs base projects

The Oklahoman

Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to introduce legislation today to ensure military construction projects are not delayed because of a decision by incoming Democratic leaders to fund the federal government at 2006 levels.
Inhofe, R-Tulsa, is concerned that projects critical to improving military bases and implementing the 2005 base closure recommendations would be delayed for a year and ultimately cost more if the projects are not given funding soon.
The military construction bill — one of nine not finished when Congress adjourned last month — includes nearly $200 million for Fort Sill. Some of that money would be used to prepare for the relocation of the Air Defense Artillery School from Fort Bliss, Texas.
The move to Fort Sill was approved by the 2005 base closure commission.
There also is money in the bill for family housing at the Army post, which is near Lawton, and for other Oklahoma installations.
Ryan Thompson, Inhofe's press secretary, said Wednesday the senator has received letters from leaders in all branches of the military expressing concern about domestic military construction projects being delayed.


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