Aug 01 2018

Senate Clears Another Appropriations Package, Approves Critical Funding for Alabama

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today praised the Senate’s passage of H.R. 6147.  This bill packages four Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations measures including Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; and Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies.  The full Senate has now approved seven FY2019 appropriations bills.

“Passage of this legislation is the result of collaboration by both sides of the aisle to sacrifice partisan riders for the good of the process.  Together we are committed to continuing on the path to produce meaningful results and deliver on our promise to the American people,” said Senator Shelby.  “These measures provide critical funding for various priorities in the state of Alabama.  The legislation will help to support our financial security and institutions, advance our transportation infrastructure development, fight against opioid abuse, and aid farmers and rural communities.”

The funding measure was approved by a vote of 92 – 6.  The package provides a total of $154.176 billion in base discretionary funding to support various national priorities within the Departments of Interior, Treasury, Agriculture, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.  All four of the appropriations bills included in the package were passed by the full Senate Appropriations Committee with unanimous support.

This legislation follows last month’s passage of H.R. 5895, a minibus which packaged the Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and the Legislative Branch FY2019 appropriations bills.  The Senate approved the three-bill package with the overwhelming support of 86 – 5.  Furthermore, all 12 of the Senate’s FY2019 appropriations measures were passed out of the committee by wide bipartisan margins and were approved by a cumulative committee vote of 363 – 9.

Prior to the vote for passage of H.R. 6147, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on the floor praising Senator Shelby’s leadership and commitment to bringing the committee back to regular order.