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Murray Announces Military Construction Funding for Spokane Combined Readiness Center

Oct 09 2002

Spokane CRC to receive $8.8 million in fiscal year 2003

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray today announced that the Spokane Combined Readiness Center (CRC) will receive $8.8 million in the Military Construction Conference Report that was finalized today by members of the House and Senate.

The funding for the Spokane CRC was less than the amount authorized and appropriated by the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, which fully funded the project at $11.5 million.

"I've been working to fund the Spokane CRC for three years. I am delighted that we were able to secure $8.8 million for the Spokane project – this is a significant amount of funding," Senator Murray said. "At the same time, I am disappointed that the House would not agree to fully fund the project. I'll continue to work on this project until it is fully funded, constructed and working for the National Guard and local first responders."

These federal funds will enable Spokane to unify its first responders network, which consists of Spokane Fire and Police Departments, the City of Spokane Emergency Management Department and the WAARNG. Co-locating first responder training at this center will enhance the capabilities of each to prevent, educate, prepare and mitigate natural or man-made events.

"The September 11th attacks highlight the importance of first responders to our communities," Sen. Murray said. "This funding will be instrumental in helping Spokane coordinate its response to a range of threats and incidents. We must protect our communities by providing first responders the training and resources they need to carry out a dangerous and difficult job."