President Signs Military Construction Bill

Tue December 02, 2003 - National Edition

WASHINGTON (AP) President Bush on Nov. 23 signed a $9.3-billion military construction bill.

The amount is $1.4 billion below last year’s level, but $200 million more than Bush’s request. Lawmakers added more than 100 projects for military facilities in their home districts — money that the president had not sought.

The legislation provides money for projects throughout the country and improvements at U.S. bases overseas.

One of the final disputes that had delayed passage was resolved earlier this month when congressional bargainers agreed to split earmarks — money directed to specific home-district projects — 53 percent for the Senate and 47 percent for the House.

Earlier versions of the bill set aside roughly $700 million for Senate projects and $400 million for House earmarks.