Craig: Senate Subcommittee Approves Idaho Projects in Defense Spending Bill
More than $37 million in projects for Idaho companies or universities have been approved by the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and soon will be considered by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on which Idaho Senator Larry Craig serves.
In addition, Craig said that the Idaho Air National Guard would receive a portion of $20 million in funding the subcommittee approved for Air National Guard units throughout the nation, if these recommendations are enacted.
Craig said that of the $37.5 million for Idaho in the Fiscal Year 2009 Defense Appropriations bill, $3.5 million would go to Sun Valley-based Eye Safety Systems, Inc. to develop and produce face shields to protect combat soldiers, a product Craig has advocated to the Pentagon.
"Idaho has a proud history of providing our military with the cutting-edge technologies and tools they need to safely accomplish their jobs," Senator Craig said. "As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, I have had the privilege of meeting many of our wounded warriors, including several who have had their vision damaged on the battlefield. The face shields included in this bill will help prevent those injuries and provide our military men and women with the protection they need and deserve."
Craig pointed out that the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee actions also highlight Congress' and the Pentagon's confidence in the research and development capabilities of Idaho's institutions of higher learning which will continue to contribute to America's national security commitment with the passage of this bill.