Budget deal includes spending for JBLM

January 15, 2014 

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a $1.1 trillion spending plan that negotiators filed Monday to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

The agreement preserves a number of commitments for defense projects in the Puget Sound area, including $153.1 million for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, most of which would go to its expanded Army helicopter brigade.

It also includes $4.6 billion for Navy and Air Force jets being developed by Boeing in the Puget Sound area: $3 billion for the Poseidon P-8A and $1.6 billion for a new Air Force refueling tanker.

The bill also includes $149.1 million to build a Department of Veterans Affairs mental health clinic and research center in Seattle.

adam.ashton@ thenewstribune.com

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