In a pre-Christmas letter to constituents, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. confirmed that the $550 billion Department of Defense budget just approved by Congress did not include a provision to permanently ban expansion at Pinon Canyon.
“There are no plans for expansion this year, but a permanent ban, as proposed, would have harmed both the U.S. Army and the economy of our State. I remain convinced that the Army’s plans, which do not include eminent domain, are fully justified and necessary, and will benefit the local (Colorado Springs) community and the state,” he wrote.
The bill authorizes $550.4 billion in budget authority for the DoD and the national security programs of the Department of Energy. The bill authorizes $130 billion to support the nation’s war efforts during fiscal year 2010.