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Congress approves $300M in NC military construction projects

Posted December 8, 2016

— North Carolina military bases will receive almost $300 million for various construction projects under a spending bill that cleared Congress on Thursday.

The U.S. Senate gave its approval Thursday to the compromise 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which funds the nation’s military and including $297.1 million for military construction projects in North Carolina.

"We need to support our men and women who serve," Republican Sen. Richard Burr said in a statement. "The military has a significant presence in North Carolina, and this bill continues the investments that we need to be prepared to face future threats to national security."

Following are the North Carolina projects funded in legislation, which the U.S. House passed on Monday:

Fort Bragg – $30.7 million for the next phase of a Special Operations special tactics facility, $23.6 million a tactical equipment maintenance facility, $21.4 million for a parachute rigging facility and $10.9 million for a combat medic training facility.

Camp Lejeune – $18.5 million for range facilities safety improvements and $31 million to replace a dental clinic.

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base – $90 million for a two-bay corrosion control/fuel cell hangar for KC-46A tanker aircraft, $5.7 million for a building for AGE/fuselage training and $2.25 million for squadron operating facilities.

Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station – $12.5 million for a central heating plant conversion.

The Air National Guard facility in Charlotte – $29.6 million for a corrosion control/ fuel cell hangar for C-17 transport aircraft and $21 million for a C-17 hydrant refueling system.

The conference report also includes provisions sponsored by Burr to prevent the transfer of Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to Cuba without congressional approval and to protect the military commissary benefit.

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  • Jacob Young Dec 8, 4:39 p.m.
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    Thank God Burr was re-elected!