HR 1409, a bill authorizing $9.55 billion for military construction in the United States and abroad during fiscal 1986, was passed by the House and sent to the Senate on a vote of 354 for and 38 against. The outlay is part of the $292 billion Congress plans to approve in 1986 for all defense programs. In part, it covers building and repairing housing on military bases, construction in support of U.S. joint military exercises with Central American and Caribbean armies, and development of support facilities for weapons systems such as binary nerve gas, the MX missile and B-1B bomber.
Supporter David Martin (R-N.Y.) said the bill was less expensive than President Reagan's request and that "the only people that could oppose this bill . . . are people who do not understand what we are trying to do here."
Opponent Ted Weiss (D-N.Y.) said one reason he opposed the bill was that it included money for basing vessels carrying nuclear weapons in New York Harbor, which is in his district.
Members voting yes wanted to pass the bill.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x