The Trump administration has approved a $4.6 billion defense project for the Army Corps of Engineers to develop an area of land in New York’s Catskill Mountains.
The $4,895 million plan, part of a broader plan for the nation’s land-grant colleges and universities, is designed to make it easier for students to get degrees at a variety of US colleges and will help create jobs and generate revenue.
The plan, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is part of an initiative to revitalize US land-Grant colleges, which rely heavily on federal land grants to pay for student tuition.
The plan, approved by the Army in June, also would improve the schools’ campus and infrastructure, and improve the environment, according to a Department of Defense release.
A senior official from the Army told the Wall Street Times the proposed project would help US military and civilian forces maintain a military-like presence in New England.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do with our college system, but this is a big, big step in helping us meet that goal,” Army Maj. Gen. Matthew Smith said at a ceremony in Washington, DC, in October.
During the campaign, Trump promised to build a $50 billion military base in New Hampshire.
The military base would be located in a region known as “the heart of the state,” which is in New Haven, Connecticut.
Last year, the Army also approved $5.5 billion for the construction of a $1.9 billion pipeline to deliver natural gas to the southern half of the US, from New York City to Louisiana.
The project, which would also involve a pipeline and storage facility, would connect a liquefied natural gas facility in New Mexico to a natural gas pipeline in the south.
According to the Army, the pipeline will improve the supply of gas for the US and increase the flow of electricity to the states, while increasing production of natural gas from existing wells.
Trump has repeatedly questioned the role of the Army and its military contractors, including the National Guard, in the federal budget, saying the military is the biggest spender on defence and that it’s “not working.”
In an interview with ABC News in February, Trump suggested the Army should be reduced to a small “boots on the ground” force.
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