Senate panel OKs up to $25 million for Md. storm aid

March 07, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Appropriations Committee approved yesterday several amendments to an omnibus spending bill that would provide as much as $25 million in federal disaster aid to help Marylanders recover from damage caused ** by this winter's storms and floods.

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat and committee member, said the bill would include $16 million to $20 million to repair a portion of the washed-out C&O Canal in Montgomery County, and $2.5 million to repair roads and bridges in Allegany, Garrett, Frederick, Washington and Cecil counties.

In an unrelated development, the committee responded to an appeal from Ms. Mikulski and Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, also a Maryland Democrat, and postponed the transfer of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration facility from Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore to California.

About 1,000 full-time federal civilian and contract employees are based at Wallops.

The Maryland senators contended that "NASA has not thoroughly considered the impact" of its plan.

Pub Date: 3/07/96

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