Schumer: Nominee for Army secretary will visit Fort Drum if confirmed by Senate

President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as Army secretary will make it a priority to visit Fort Drum in Upstate New York if he's confirmed by the Senate, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Wednesday afternoon. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Mark Esper, a defense lobbyist nominated by Trump last month to serve in the Army's top civilian post, made the promise in a private meeting earlier Wednesday.

Federal bill could prevent wind projects near military bases

Congress is reviewing a bill that aims to prohibit federal tax relief for wind energy projects located within 40 miles of an active military air base. The Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act would, if signed into law, incorporate revisions to the Internal Revenue Code that will prevent wind energy developers from pursuing renewable electricity production credit and energy credits, both of which provide tax relief, for projects within tens of miles from military airfields.