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Pryor, Lincoln Announce Arkansas Projects in Defense Authorization Bill

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Pryor, Lincoln Announce Arkansas Projects in Defense Authorization Bill

Little Rock, Jacksonville, Pine Bluff, Benton, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, and Camden to Benefit

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln today announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized funding for significant defense projects in Arkansas as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009.

"This bill recognizes many of the new challenges our troops and their families face before, during and after they are deployed. In crafting this legislation in the Armed Services Committee, we took steps to address them, including a pay increase of 3.9% for all uniformed personnel, enhanced resources to combat WMDs and IEDs, and improvements in medical benefits for the Guard and Reserves," Pryor said. "I am proud of Arkansas' military installations, universities and companies, which all play an instrumental role in our national defense. I'm pleased this bill authorizes significant funding to help advance their missions to protect our troops with cutting-edge equipment and technology."

"Adequate funding and resources are essential for our troops," said Lincoln. "This bill will help protect American soldiers who are stationed here and abroad, while also allowing Arkansas organizations to conduct important research and develop new technologies. American troops deserve no less than the best, most technologically advanced equipment possible. I encourage my fellow lawmakers to support this bill to help give our soldiers everything they need to continue their fight for freedom around the world."

The authorization bill is the first step in the appropriations process. Funding for the projects must be approved in either the FY09 Military Construction Appropriations Act or the FY09 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

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