September 22, 2005

Senate Approves Fundingfor Oregon Military Facilities

Wyden, Smith secured appropriations for installations in Eugene, Salem

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that the Senate has approved more than $7 million in funding for Oregon military facility construction projects. The funding was included in the FY 2006 Veterans Administration and Military Construction appropriations bill; the legislation now moves to a conference committee to work out differences between it and the House version of the bill.Oregons military personnel play an important role in securing the Northwest and all of the U.S., said Wyden. The Federal government should ensure that military facilities get the improvements they need to support our armed forces, and the funds in this bill are a major step toward that goal.Our armed services are providing disaster relief and security at home and abroad, said Smith. Theyre the pride of Oregons communities and our military should have the up-to-date facilities they need to successfully carry out todays missions.Under the VA/MilCon appropriations funding legislation approved today, $6,132,000 would be provided for the construction of a new Navy Reserve Center in Lane County. In addition, $941,000 would be provided for the planning and design of an expansion of the Oregon Military Departments Joint Forces headquarters in Salem.The legislation also includes $1.5 billion to pay for closures of military installations nationwide, including the planned closure of the Umatilla Chemical Depot.