On November 22, President Bush signed a $9.3 billion military construction bill. The bill provides money for projects throughout the country and improvements at U.S. bases overseas.

This amount is $1.4 billion below last year’s level, but $200 million more than Bush requested. Lawmakers added more than 100 projects for military facilities in their home districts, money Bush had not sought.

Earlier this month, congressional bargainers agreed to split money directed to specific home-district projects, 53% for the Senate and 47% for the House. The issue had delayed the passing of the bill.