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Appropriations Committee Approves $12.7 Million for 177th

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Appropriations Committee Approves $12.7 Million for 177th

New Funds Will Be Used to Construct Fighter Alert Complex and Shelters

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2) announced today that the House Appropriations Committee approved a total of $12.7 million for the 177th Fighter Wing based in Egg Harbor Township at the Atlantic City International Airport. The funds for the 177th were authorized by the full House on May 20 in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2005. This new action by the House Appropriations Committee is a significant step that makes actual funds available for these important projects. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

"I am pleased that these new funds have been approved for the 177th," said Rep. LoBiondo. "This is an important next step in the legislative process. These funds are especially significant for New Jersey because this was a lean year for Military Construction (MilCon) projects."

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"The 177th's operational mission is vital to a strong homeland defense," Rep. LoBiondo said. "These new funds will enable the 177th to fulfill their 24 hour alert duties flying Combat Air Patrol over New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. I am proud of the Fighter Wing and its service members, and I am pleased to assist them as they help ensure our nation's safety and security."

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