- The Washington Times - Friday, December 7, 2001

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett is asking the Bush administration for up to $31.4 million for anti-terrorism projects in his district, which includes Camp David and Fort Detrick.

Mr. Bartlett, Maryland Republican, met with a White House aide Wednesday to discuss funding of the projects, which include airport, hospital and law-enforcement improvements, Bartlett spokeswoman Lisa Wright said.

Mr. Bartlett acknowledged on Tuesday that there are competing requests from other jurisdictions but "they don't have Camp David, Site R and Fort Detrick within a few miles of each other."

"I hope that gives us a leg up," the congressman said.

Site R, the "underground Pentagon," is an alternate military-command center inside a Pennsylvania mountain near the Washington County community of Pen Mar, Md. Fort Detrick, in Frederick County, is home to an Army biological-weapons-defense laboratory.

The biggest single request is for $10 million for communications equipment that would enable Washington County police, fire and emergency organizations to talk to each other more easily.

Frederick Memorial Hospital, which is seeking nearly $1.2 million for decontamination gear and security improvements, isn't equipped to handle a major chemical or biological attack, hospital spokesman Ken Coffey said.

The Washington County Health System in Hagerstown, meanwhile, wants $6.7 million to expand its supply capacity and acquire decontamination and protective equipment.

The Hagerstown Regional Airport has nearly $4.4 million in funding requests, including $750,000 for a secure location where Air Force One could park.

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, said Wednesday that she voted for a $20 billion attacks-aid bill that includes $56 million for Maryland. The funding includes more than $7 million to help state police improve communications with other agencies.

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