HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (AS TO) — In a 68-29 vote, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a $1.7 trillion comprehensive spending package — with billions slated to flow into northern Alabama.
According to a press release from US Senator Richard Shelby, who voted in favor of the package, the vote to fully fund the federal government in 2023 could be his final vote.
Here’s how this vote could impact northern Alabama:
- $17 billion investment in transformative technologies for US Army research
- Fully-funded hypersonic weapons research with $60 million to develop a hypersonic glide body and another $50 million to develop a high-energy laser
- $2.6 billion for space launch system
- Includes $600 million for the concurrent development of Block IB, managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville
- $110 million for nuclear thermal propulsion, benefiting MSFC
- $652 million for FBI building at Redstone Arsenal
- $44 million for a physics lab at Redstone Arsenal
- $52 million for consolidated warehouses
- $6 million to update building 6231 at Redstone Arsenal
- $151 million for Phase 2 of DIA/MSIC’s advanced analytics facility
- $11 million for emergency power generation
- $30 Million Funding for the Upstate Belt Line of the Appalachian Development Highway System
- $500,000 for an Invasive Species Mitigation Plan to begin planning, designing, engineering and managing the construction of carp barriers in the Mississippi River Basin, including the Tennessee River and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
- $27 million for the state Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to fight Asian carp
- No less than $10.5 million for the NOAA Vortex-SE program located at the University of Alabama in Huntsville
“The funding for Alabama in this package is significant in terms of the impact it will have on communities and the overall state economy for generations to come,” Shelby said.
“I was blessed to represent the great state of Alabama for 36 years in the Senate, and I hope I left the state better than I found it,” he continued. “I look forward to seeing the results of this funding and the continued growth of the state as a private citizen in just a few weeks.”
Shelby will be replaced in the US Senate in January by Senator-elect Katie Britt.
The 12 bills, simply titled the FY23 spending bills, include funding for the National Defense Authorization Act, $47 billion for emergency funding to Ukraine, $38 billion for emergency disaster relief and a 5.5% increase in non-defence funding.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the package this week before the December 23 deadline.
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