WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate version of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs 2007 spending bill includes $138 million for important projects at Maryland's military bases, including more than $16.31 million for Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The legislation, which has passed the full Senate Appropriations Committee, contains provisions providing military installations nationwide with federal funding totaling nearly $94 billion to support new construction costs.
The $16.3 million included in the spending bill will be used for the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft
(MMA) Facility at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in St. Mary's County. The
MMA is the replacement for the Navy's P-3 Orion. While the P-3 could
perform multiple missions, it's primary function was anti-submarine warfare.
In the next step of the legislative process, the bill will move to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled. Following the Senate vote, the House and Senate will meet in Conference Committee to work out the differences between the two versions of the bill. The Conference report will then be voted on by both Houses of Congress. Once passed by the House and Senate, the Appropriations bill will go to the President for his signature.
Senator Mikulski is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the senior Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee. Senator Sarbanes is the senior Democrat on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.