Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: January 7, 2000

Statement on Proposed Funding for Little Rock Air Force Base,
January 7, 2000

I am pleased to announce today that my budget for next year will include $30 million for a C-130J flight training simulator at the Little Rock Air Force Base. The Little Rock Air Force Base, the preeminent training location for C-130’s, has long served a highly significant role in our Nation’s system of national defense.

In fiscal year 2002 my budget provides $10 million for a facility to house this simulator. I am also calling for upgrades to the existing simulators—one each in fiscal year 2001, fiscal year 2002, and fiscal year 2003—for a total of over $12 million. Also, due to the strong efforts of Representative Snyder, we will also fund over $9 million for a much needed fitness facility at the base.

Finally, my budget will call for four C-130J’s—two for the Air Force and two for the Marines.

I believe the simulators, the associated facilities, and the planes I am announcing today will support the Little Rock Air Force Base as it continues to serve the vital function of training our Nation’s pilots, and will ensure a strong C-130 fleet, continuing its vital role in protecting U.S. national interests.

I want to specifically thank Senator Blanche Lincoln and Representative Vic Snyder for their tireless efforts on behalf of the base. Without their attention to every detail of this program, I would not be making this announcement today. I look forward to working with Congress to ensure that these important components are fully funded in next year’s budget.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Proposed Funding for Little Rock Air Force Base, January 7, 2000," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, January 14, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215 Original Sources, accessed July 1, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BJUWU6RAI68YLN1.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Proposed Funding for Little Rock Air Force Base, January 7, 2000." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, January 14, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215, Original Sources. 1 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BJUWU6RAI68YLN1.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Proposed Funding for Little Rock Air Force Base, January 7, 2000' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 2000. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, January 14, 2000 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2000), 36:3215. Original Sources, retrieved 1 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=BJUWU6RAI68YLN1.