An overwhelming vote moves a massive defense bill forward in the U.S. House – a bill that would greatly benefit Missouri. More than $340-Billion for the nation’s defense is called for in the bill. West-Central Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, says Missouri will benefit in a big way. $27-Million would go for basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, $4.3-Million for a night fire range, and $3.5-Million for a record fire range at Fort Leonard Wood. In addition, $18-Million would go for neighborhood revitalization at Whiteman Air Force Base. Skelton says such appropriations are important in times of war.