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Sen. Hutchison Secures $29 Million for Tyler Armed Forces Reserve Center

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) today announced final passage, by a vote of 78-12, of the Fiscal Year 2009 Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations bill, a broad spending package, which provides disaster assistance, full year defense, military construction and veteran's affairs, and homeland security funding, as well as continuing appropriations for various government agencies and priority programs through March of next year. The bill includes $29 million that Sen. Hutchison secured for an Armed Forces Reserve Center Building in Tyler. It will now be sent to the President to be signed into law.

"Our reserve forces play an integral role in the War on Terror," said Sen. Hutchison. "This funding will help provide modern facilities and resources for our reservists."

Tyler will utilize the $29 million to construct an Armed Forces Reserve Center Building.

The appropriations legislation funds military construction projects for the U.S. Department of Defense. Sen. Hutchison successfully secured more than $2.7 billion in the bill for Texas military construction and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) projects.

The overall bill provides $10.8 billion for active duty military construction, $3.1 billion for family housing construction and operations, $230.8 million for the NATO Security Investment Program, and more than $8.7 billion for the implementation of BRAC 2005.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com

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