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Sen. McCaskill Against Closing Jefferson Barracks Tower

Allison Blood
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Photo: Getty/Chip Somodevilla

Photo: Getty/Chip Somodevilla

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX ) – The Pentagon may not be closing a radio tower at Jefferson Barracks.

The Air National Guard Tower at Jefferson Barracks might not be going anywhere after all. The Senate Budget Committee voted to stop the Pentagon from closing the facility.

Senator Claire McCaskill says the project cost the Pentagon 40 million dollars and has only been open for two years. The Senate is saying more research should be done before closing down the facility.

“I can’t figure out why in the world you would build a 40 million dollar tower and less than two years later say never mind,” McCaskill says. “I think that’s an insult to the taxpayers.”

She says a law being debated on Capitol Hill right now would require the Air Force to justify its budget more than it does now, so that things like this don’t happen again.

“I went to Washington as an auditor and got on the Armed Services Committee. I felt like it was shooting fish in a barrel because at almost every hearing, I found some way they were spending money that made no sense,” McCaskill says. “This is a good example of that.”

McCaskill says the country would have a stronger military if the Pentagon was less wasteful in its spending habits.

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