FAIRBANKS - Congress has approved $160 million more than President Bush requested for new missile defense interceptors at Fort Greely, said U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican.
The House and Senate approved the final Defense Department spending bill for fiscal year 2004 last week.
Stevens, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, sought an increase of $200 million for the ground-based, midcourse segment of the national missile-defense system earlier this summer. Portions of that segment are being built and tested in Alaska. A committee assigned to merge the House and Senate versions of the Defense Department spending bill cut Stevens' request to $180 million.