Edwards Tours Kansas Army Posts

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FORT RILEY, Kan. -- Army officials at Fort Riley Monday made their case to a key U.S. House member from Texas on what they say is the need for more construction spending.

Waco Congressman Chet Edwards chairs the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.

Edwards Monday began two days of listening at Fort Riley -- home of the 1st Infantry Division.

The Army has initiated a brisk construction schedule to build new barracks, support facilities and a new headquarters for the division.

Nearly $800 million in construction projects are either under way or scheduled in the coming months.

The tour includes a stop at Fort Leavenworth Tuesday.

Edwards is traveling with Kansas Congresswoman Nancy Boyda, who's a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Both Army posts are in Boyda's 2nd District.