The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 7, 1968 · Page 36
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 36

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, November 7, 1968
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C12 Palm Beach Post, Thursday, Nov. 7, 1968 Ft. Polk Illustrates Congressional Military Link than $1 billion appropriated each year for military construction and base upgrading. More important still, it assured the local, rural-oriented economy of the area that the 35,000-man training center would be permanently us and the rest of the state's delegation." A Defense Department news release said the decision was made "to meet military requirements." NX hen Shopping I'se I'-T Classified and by Industry. The reason for this, they say, Is the huge amount of money that pours into Congressional districts for defense plants and military installaiions. The workings of the Congressional end of the "complex" have seldom been better Intense pressures all year from the state's Congressional delegation, an aide to Long told Congressional Quarterly that "the decision wasn't nailed down until after Russell Long talked to Clifford. The decision really was a rather direct result of pressure from illustrated than by the 20-year drive by the Louisiana Congressional delegation to gain permanent status for Ft. Polk, La., an Army base constructed in its state as a temporary training site during World War II and reopened Intermittently during periods of national i By JAMES G. PHILLIPS CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY WASHINGTON Critics of the nation's "military-Industrial complex" have often argued that the "complex" is supported by Congress just as much as it is by the military emergency. The drive achieved its goal Oct. 23, when Defense Secretary Clark M. Clifford announced that the base had been designated a permanent installation. The decision meant that Ft. Polk would be eligible for a share of the more The Pentagon's decision came less than a week after an Oct. 18 meeting between Senate Maority Whip Russell B. 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