The Senate has approved a $50 million-plus appropriation for spending on Utah military construction projects, $43 million of it to help Hill Air Force Base to receive work from other bases around the country that are scheduled for closure, says Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah.
The bill contains $4 million to help with transfer of land at Fort Douglas to the University of Utah, where it will be used for the 2002 Winter Games housing. The amount was deleted from an earlier bill by President Clinton when he used the line-item veto - a power that the Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional.The next step for the Military Construction Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 1999 is a conference with the House of Representatives, to reconcile differences in the funding bills.
The Senate bill includes:
- $31 million for a new facility to accommodate the transfer of mobile hospital units to Hill.
- $4 million to complete the transfer of troops from Fort Douglas to Camp Williams.
- $2.1 million to build a gas turbine engine test facility that will house the engine test workload that is supposed to be transferred from Kelly Air Force Base in Texas.
- $1.1 million to build a facility to house a radar facility to be relocated from California's McClellan Air Force Base to Hill.
- $5.3 million to reconfigure, alter and remodel existing facilities to accommodate the "Product Management/Composites" workload coming from McClellan to Hill.
- $1.5 million to expand the Child Development Center at Hill.
- $2.6 million to construct a War Readiness Asset Warehouse, which Bennett said is needed "to increase Hill's efficiency in wartime deployment and peacetime training exercises."