The Senate has passed a $264.7-billion defense appropriations bill for Fiscal 2000, approving multiyear procurement of 60 more C-17 airlifters, advance procurement of six F/A-18E/Fs and the purchase of an array of 15 additional helicopters. In an appropriations measure that is $1.4 billion higher than the White House sought, the Republican-controlled Senate boosted weapons procurement to $54.5 billion from the $51.8-billion request. If approved by Congress as a whole and signed ...

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