Senate bill includes $530M for military construction in Colorado |

Senate bill includes $530M for military construction in Colorado

DENVER – A Senate subcommittee approved nearly $530 million in military construction projects for Colorado on Wednesday, most of it for Fort Carson, which expects to gain 8,000 soldiers by 2011.The spending was approved by the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee and is expected to go before the full Appropriations Committee on Thursday, said Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., who sits on both panels.It would be the largest military construction allocation for Colorado in at least a decade and probably longer, Allard spokesman Steve Wymer said.The bill includes $373.9 million for Fort Carson, $61.3 million for a new Veterans Affairs hospital at the Fitzsimons campus in Aurora outside Denver, $35.2 million for continued cleanup of the Pueblo Chemical Depot, $24.5 million for Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, $17.4 million for Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, $15 million for the Air Force Academy and $2.4 million for Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.The bill does not address the proposed expansion of the Army’s Pinon Canyon training site, a controversial plan that will be handled separately and could take years to move forward, Wymer said.Allard said the funding bill would strengthen the infrastructure at many Colorado military bases.”Colorado remains a top priority for Defense and Military Construction spending, and these dollar amounts reflect that,” he said.

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