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Hulshof Provisions Included in Defense Bill Passed by the House

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HULSHOF PROVISIONS INCLUDED IN DEFENSE BILL PASSED BY THE HOUSE

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the bill providing funds for the Department of Defense in FY 2008. The conference report contains priorities included by U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (MO-09).

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the bill providing funds for the Department of Defense in FY 2008. The conference report contains priorities included by U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (MO-09).

The first provides $1.6 million for the research and development of Chemical and Biological Protective Hangars. When R&D is completed, these hangars will be produced in Fulton. The hangars would provide a clean, sheltered environment for maintenance of the Army helicopter fleet in the event of a chemical or biological attack, or in desert environments where dust can damage engines during maintenance work.

"Our troops face new challenges from many of the modern weapons used by our enemies. These hangars will provide them with critical protection against biological or chemical weapons," Hulshof said. "It's exciting to note that cutting-edge technology like this is being developed right here in the heart of Missouri. The production of these facilities will also provide an economic boost to the City of Fulton."

The Army has expressed great interest in the project after development and testing are completed.

Other Hulshof priorities included in the 2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill:

• $3.2 million for development of the Advanced Mission Planning Tools for the Special Forces. Westar in St. Charles will conduct this work. Congressmen Hulshof and Todd Akin have been champions of this technology that will allow helicopter pilots to instantly make calculations (fuel load, weight balance, weapons arrangement) that currently take hours.

• $27 million for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). PTAP helps small, woman-owned, veteran-owned and minority-owned business compete for and obtain government contracts. In 2007 the Missouri PTAP office for central Missouri, based at the University of Missouri-Columbia, helped Missouri small businesses win over $52 million in federal and state contracts. The funding that Congressman Hulshof secured will help expand their efforts.

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up 2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Bill very soon. President Bush has indicated that he will sign the bill when it is sent to the White House.


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