Pueblo Chemical Depot Funds

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Congress is pushing the Department of Defense to spend money previously set aside for cleaning up chemical weapon stockpiles in Colorado and Kentucky.

The Senate approved a bill Tuesday with provisions that require the defense department to spend more than 372 million dollars at the Pueblo Depot in Colorado and the Blue Grass Depot in Kentucky.

The House already has passed the bill, and President Bush is expected to sign it when it reaches his desk this week.

The bill also requires the Department of Defense to spend or contract 100 million dollars worth of work at the sites in no more than 120 days.

The legislation forbids the transfer of the money to other programs and forbids the money being used for any study related to the transportation of chemical weapons across state lines.