WASHINGTON - President Clinton's $5 billion military base-closing aid plan should help somewhat in easing the economic pain on nearby communities, but some analysts question whether the amount is too little and whether the administration and Congress will be able to find the funds.

Under the plan announced Friday, Clinton pledged that his administration would spend $5 billion over five years to help redevelop some 129 bases in the United States that are to be closed. He vowed the redevelopment would create new jobs for workers at those facilities and some 46 other domestic bases that are being scaled back.

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