Missile silos maintained by Minot Air Force Base, as well as at bases in Wyoming and Montana, will be kept as part of the nation's nuclear arsenal as part of a US Senate bill that has passed in committee.
The language to maintain all 450 Minuteman Three missile silos - including 150 at Minot - is part of the so-called omnibus bill that Congress is working on to fund many parts of the government.
The bill says the Defense Department cannot receive funds to begin the process of shutting down 150 of the silos, as requested by the Obama administration.
(Sen. John Hoeven, (R) North Dakota) "As the administration works on their proposal for the START-TWO treaty, we need to keep all of our missile silos which is a vital national strategic asset. That's why I included language to do that in the omnibus bill."
Senator Hoeven says language in the bill also includes funding for the Global Hawk drone fleet that the Grand Forks Air Force Base is a key part of.
The Senate omnibus bill is expected to be voted on late this week.