House Axes Washington County OLF Site

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The U.S. House of Representatives has closed the door on the Navy's preferred site for an outlying landing field.

The House approved the conference report for the annual defense authorization bill today. Congressman G.K. Butterfield says the bill includes language repealing the authority for the Navy to build an OLF in Washington County.

The Navy wants to build an OLF so pilots can practice takeoffs and landings on a simulated aircraft carrier.

Butterfield says this is a clear message that if the Navy wants to build an OLF it must have community support.

The House approved the measure 370 to 49. The defense authorization bill now goes to the Senate for its approval.