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Schumer, Clinton: Congress Approves $8.3 Million For Hancock Field Base

US Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that Congress has approved $8.3 million in funding for the Hancock Field base, including $6 million for a Military Entrance Processing Station for the Army and $2.3 million to replace the Mobility Processing Center for the Air National Guard.

The news came as the House and Senate approved the FY 2005 Department of Defense Military Construction Appropriations Bill. The bill will now go to the President for his signature.

The citizen soldiers of New York's National Guard have selflessly sacrificed to fight the war abroad and to defend our security at home, said Senator Schumer. The government owes them nothing less than to support them with the absolute best training and equipment available. These projects will help to make good on that responsibility in Syracuse.

These funds are a vital step forward in continuing to insure that Hancock Field will have the proper facilities to support the men and women who utilize the installation, Senator Clinton said. I am pleased to support this investment in the Hancock base. This funding represents a concerted effort that I am proud to be a part of to support the base and ensure the future of the installation, said Senator Clinton.