House Takes First Step In Fixing OLF Veto

The U.S. House took the first step toward fixing a presidential veto of a defense bill that keeps the OLF out of Washington & Beaufort counties.

Congressman G.K. Butterfield says the house approved the 2008 National Defense Authorization Bill with modifications.

The president vetoed the original bill, citing concerns that one provision might tie up billion of dollars in Iraqi assets. The first district Democrat says a bipartisan fix gives the Iraqi government a waiver.

The Navy has already purchased some 2,000 acres in Washington & Beaufort counties for an outlying landing field. But strong public opposition prompted congress to include language that prevents that.

The Navy says it needs the field in a remote area so pilots from Cherry Point and Oceana can practice takeoffs and landings from a simulated aircraft carrier.

The senate is expected to vote on the revised bill next week.