July 21, 2005

Wyden, Smith Win Funds for Oregon Military Facilities

Appropriations would provide support for installations in Eugene, Salem

WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that Oregon could soon receive more than $7 million for military facility construction projects. The funding was included in the FY 2006 Veterans Administration and Military Construction Appropriations bill approved today by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The VA/MilCon Appropriations bill must now be approved by the full Senate.It is important that we recognize Oregons role in defending our nation, said Wyden. These funds will help make much-needed improvements to the military facilities throughout our state.The Federal government has an obligation to maintain and support Oregons military facilities, said Smith. Oregon has a role to play in keeping America safe, and this bill provides valuable funds to our states military community.Oregon projects included in the Senates VA/MilCon Appropriations bill are as follows:" $6,132,000 for the construction of a new Navy Reserve Center in Lane County;" $941,000 for planning and design of an expansion of the Oregon Military Departments Joint Forces Headquarters in Salem.