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House Approves $8.5 Billion for Defense Projects, Including a Home Port for Battleship Iowa in N.Y.

Associated Press

The House on Wednesday approved a bill appropriating $8.5 billion for Pentagon construction projects, including a new home port for the battleship Iowa in New York.

But the $55 million in the bill for the Staten Island port to berth the Iowa and six other ships cannot be spent until the Navy sends Congress a new report justifying plans to disperse some of the U.S. fleet to ports around the country.

A similar prohibition was contained in a separate bill approved Tuesday by the House that authorized military construction projects. Congress authorizes the spending of money and then appropriates funds in separate legislation.

The authorization bill was sent to the White House, while the appropriation measure went to the Senate.

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The $8.5-billion appropriation was a compromise between the House’s original $8.4-billion measure and the Senate’s $8.7-billion version. Reagan had requested $10.3 billion for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.


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