By Tim Leeds/Havre Daily Newsfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Montana Army National Guard armory in Havre may soon get a sizable facelift and expansion.
The U.S. Senate on Monday approved $2.4 million to repair and expand the Havre armory. The bill containing the appropriation has gone to a conference committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The appropriation is not in the House version of the bill.
The $2.4 million is part of $51.4 million for construction on military bases in Montana.
J.P. Donovan, spokesman for U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., said Burns is optimistic the Montana appropriations will remain in the bill.
He said Burns, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, also is a member of the conference committee.
"He will be there to kind of shepherd it along," Donovan said.
U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg's spokesman, Brad Keena, said Rehberg will support the appropriation in the House.