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Bill directs construction spending to Alaska

by Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News

The U.S. Senate passed its annual defense authorization bill Wednesday, directing more than $250 million in military spending to Alaska and directing the Navy to procure a new Arctic icebreaker.

The $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act sets the defense plan for fiscal year 2019, which begins in September. The Senate passed the conference report, which combined House and Senate versions of the bill, and now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Defense authorization bills have directed $1.3 billion to Alaska for construction, missile defense and F-35 fighter jets in the last¬†3 1/2 years, according to Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, who sits on the Armed Services Committee. He touted this year’s authorizations as a boon for Alaska’s economy.

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