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Fairchild Projects Find Favor With Congress Base Will See $30 Million In Construction If Spending Bill Stays On Course

Fairchild Air Force Base would move into the 21st century a couple of years early under a deal Congress reached this week on the nation's military construction budget. Negotiators for the two houses of Congress have said some $30 million should be spent starting next year at the West Plains base. They want to move up the schedule for three major construction projects. President Clinton's 1998 budget had proposed a $7.3 million operations center for one of the base's KC-135 squadrons.

Senate Bucks House, Boosts Nea Funding

A Senate panel agreed Friday to increase spending for the National Endowment for the Arts instead of cutting off support as the House voted to do last week. "There was no support - zero support - of the 15 members of this subcommittee to wipe out the National Endowment for the Arts," said Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash.

Lockheed Makes Bid For Northrop

An assembly line worker installs parts on an F/A-18 Hornet at the Northrop plant in Los Angeles. Photo by Associated Press

Relief Bill Included ‘Emergency’ Garage Funds For Cleveland

To flood-stricken citizens, the emergency disaster-relief bill meant billions of dollars in potential aid. To Republicans, it meant a chance to settle scores. But for lawmakers who mostly remain nameless, it also offered the opportunity to collect millions of dollars for dire emergencies such as a $12.3 million garage for a Veterans Affairs medical center in Cleveland, a study on why the cost of higher education continues to rise and the repair of a not-so-dilapidated theater in Ashland, Ky.

Disaster Bill Faces Clinton Veto Congress Finally Oks Relief Funds, But Gop Add-Ons Doom Legislation

Despite a veto promise by President Clinton, the Republican-controlled Congress passed an $8.6 billion emergency disaster relief bill Thursday which provides money for flood victims in California and the Middle West. Final passage came in quick succession, first in the Senate, 67-31, and then in the House, 220-201. The House majority is far short of that needed to override a Clinton veto.

Give And Take Produces Budget Lawmakers Ok $19 Billion Plan; Locke Gets Education Programs

State lawmakers agreed to a $19 billion budget Saturday that includes an additional $129 million to get it past Gov. Gary Locke's veto pen. Locke vetoed chunks of the budget agreement lawmakers sent him last week. The new version calls for $19 billion to be spent over the next two years and stays $119 million below the state tax and spending lid.

Starr, Others Have Spent $36 Million On Clinton Probes

Independent counsels investigating President Clinton, the first lady and other administration officials have spent nearly $36 million in two years, logging their most expensive six-month period yet by spending more than $10 million from April through September 1996, according to the most recent figures compiled by the General Accounting Office. The GAO report provides further evidence that Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr is carving out a place in specialprosecutor history with his spending. In the six-month period ending Sept. 30, 1996, he spent $5,049,625, bringing his total to $22,298,708. His investigation began in August 1994, but is approaching the cost of a longer-running probe into favoritism in the Reagan administration's Housing and Urban Development Department.

House Republicans Propose $1.86 Billion Construction Budget

House Republicans on Wednesday proposed a $1.86 billion state construction budget for the next two fiscal years, focusing on college and school projects. The plan closely parallels a proposal approved by the GOP-controlled state Senate last Friday, but lags $82 million below the level sought by Democratic Gov. Gary Locke.

Clinton Maps Road Funding Six-Year Plan Lets States Take Toll On Nation’s Highways

Unveiling his $175 billion plan for funding U.S. highways over the next six years, President Clinton proposed Wednesday allowing states to start charging tolls on interstate highways and letting them use the revenue to improve their transportation systems. "States need a lot of resources - state, federal and other - to keep up with the aging of their transportation systems," Deputy Transportation Secretary Mortimer Downey said Wednesday. "This could be one more way to raise those dollars."