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U.S. House OKs $33 million for Scott AFB

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis – The U.S. House has approved a budget for the Department of Defense which contains $33 million for Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East.

The appropriations for the largest employer in southern Illinois will maintain the 932nd Airlift Wing's C-9 airplanes and begin the new C-40 mission.

The C-40 is the military version of the 737 and can transport large numbers of soldiers and equipment.

The Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2007 still needs Senate approval.