Hawaii gets federal money for military construction, rail

Hawaii gets federal money for military construction, rail

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Members of Hawaii's congressional delegation are applauding Hawaii's take in the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill.

The deal reached Friday includes more than $469 million in military construction projects on the islands.

U.S. Rep. Mark Takai says that's a substantial increase over amount approved for Hawaii last year.

The bill also includes $250 million in funding for the Honolulu rail transit project.

Health care and education programs for Native Hawaiians will get $64 million. And the East-West Center which promotes relationships between nations of the United States, Asia and the Pacific will get $16.7 million.

Takai says the bill translates into real money for Hawaii.

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