The following are Senator Richard Shelby’s Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations congressionally directed spending requests listed by subcommittee, which are being released in accordance with deadlines set forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee:

 

ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Project Purpose: Feasibility study to investigate the viable commercial use of deepening and widening the Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway and the Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers
Project Location: Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway, which runs through Alabama and Mississippi; Black Warrior River and Tombigbee River, which are both in Alabama
Amount Requested: $5,000,000
Justification: The Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway and the Black Warrior River and Tombigbee River waterways are essential connectors to inland ports throughout Alabama and Mississippi, as well as the Port of Mobile. An allocation of full funding to complete the feasibility study is necessary to determine viable commercial use of deepening and widening the river system, which could help local businesses expand their operations, create and maintain jobs, and facilitate long-term planning and economic growth for the region.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Project Purpose: Operation and maintenance dredging and continued repairs to the dredged material placement area to ensure reliability of the Pass Drury and Fort Gaines Navigation channels at Dauphin Island, Alabama
Project Location: Dauphin Island Bay in Mobile County, Alabama
Amount Requested: $7,000,000
Justification: Little Dauphin Island serves as the dredged material placement area for the Pass Drury and Fort Gaines federal navigation channels. This area breached during Hurricane Sally, resulting in significantly reduced depths in the channel and impaired navigability for vessels. Allocation of funds is necessary to design and construct a sustainable fix for the island/dredged material placement area to ensure future reliability of the navigation channel.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Project Purpose: Determine the major maintenance and repair needs of the George W. Andrews Lock and Dam
Project Location: George W. Andrews Lake on Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which is in Alabama and Georgia
Amount Requested: $356,000
Justification: The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin is an essential connector to inland ports throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. A major maintenance report is necessary to assess the maintenance and repair needs of the George W. Andrews Lock and Dam. The repairs identified in this assessment will assist in restoring viable commercial use along the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which could help local businesses expand their operations, create and maintain jobs, and facilitate long-term planning and economic growth for the region.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Project Purpose: Determine the major maintenance and repair needs, develop designs, and complete repairs to some of the components of the Walter F. George Lock and Dam
Project Location: Walter F. George Lake on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which is in Alabama and Georgia
Amount Requested: $2,250,000
Justification: The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin is an essential connector to inland ports throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. A major maintenance report is necessary to assess the maintenance and repair needs at the Walter F. George Lock. Additionally, the stoplogs and culvert bulkheads need to be inspected and potentially repaired, the stoplogs need to be moved to the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam, and plans and specifications need to be developed for the lock closure plan. Repairs to the Walter F. George Lock will assist in restoring viable commercial use along the River Basin, which could help local businesses expand their operations, create and maintain jobs, and facilitate long-term planning and economic growth for the region.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Project Purpose: Determine the major maintenance and repair needs to the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam
Project Location: Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam on Lake Seminole on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which is in Florida and Georgia and heavily impacts Alabama
Amount Requested: $250,000
Justification: The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin is an essential connector to inland ports throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. A major maintenance report is necessary to assess the maintenance and repair needs at Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam. The repairs identified in this assessment will assist in restoring viable commercial use along the River Basin, which could help local businesses expand their operations, create and maintain jobs, and facilitate long-term planning and economic growth for the region.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Project Purpose: Replace current 80+ year old deteriorated management office and 60+ year old deteriorated Holt Resource Office with one management facility
Project Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Amount Requested: $7,250,000
Justification: Additional funding needed to complete construction of the Project Management Facility and related costs.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Project Purpose: Operation and maintenance dredging at the Bob Woodruff Lake, Bill Dannelly Reservoir, and Claiborne Lake
Project Location: Bob Woodruff Lake, Bill Dannelly Reservoir, and Claiborne Lake, which are all in Alabama
Amount Requested: $4,000,000
Justification: Annual maintenance dredging is necessary to maintain water depths in support of channels, which benefits commercial and economic development opportunities throughout Alabama.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
Project Purpose: Operational dredging at the Bob Woodruff Lake, Bill Dannelly Reservoir, and Claiborne Lake
Project Location: Bob Woodruff Lake, Bill Dannelly Reservoir, and Claiborne Lake, which are all in Alabama
Amount Requested: $2,700,000
Justification: Operational funding is necessary to support activities and economic development opportunities in the Alabama River Lakes.

 

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: Marion Military Institute
Project Purpose: Construction of a new math and science facility
Project Location: Marion, Alabama
Amount Requested: $35,000,000
Justification: Marion Military Institute (MMI) is the nation’s oldest military junior college tracing its origin back to 1842 in Marion, Alabama. Since its founding, MMI has served an essential role in educating and developing students to prepare them for success in four-year colleges and U.S. service academies. The construction of a new academic facility will accommodate future growth, expand educational opportunities at the institution, and allow for robust STEM offerings with the latest instructional technology. Additionally, the funding will allow for MMI to provide new training and education in computer science, cybersecurity, and civil aviation – all of which are essential to support national security. The new facility will serve a critical role in supporting MMI’s ability to educate and prepare students for future civilian and military careers.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Project Purpose: Construction of a high-performance computing and data center for water and hydrological scientific research, education, and forecasting
Project Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Amount Requested: $50,000,000
Justification: The construction of a Center for Hydrologic Computing (Center) will support the University of Alabama and its co-located partners – the NOAA-NWS National Water Center and the USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility. The Center will utilize high-performance supercomputing equipment to deliver hydrologic research expertise in the following areas: community water resources modeling; coastal inundation modeling and forecasting; data assimilation; computational science and high-performance computing; artificial intelligence; and machine learning. Furthermore, the proposed 27,000 square foot facility will enable current and future University of Alabama researchers and other scientists to collaborate and turn experiments into groundbreaking discoveries that will enhance our country’s commerce, bolster national security, and solve some of the world’s most critical water-related challenges.



TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: City of Mobile
Project Purpose: To provide a revolving loan fund to the City of Mobile for commercial development and redevelopment of the downtown Mobile area.
Project Location: Mobile, Alabama
Amount Requested: $50,000,000
Justification: To support commercial improvements and economic development for downtown Mobile, Alabama. 

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: Alabama Department of Transportation
Project Purpose: Replacement of the existing Woolsey Finnell Bridge with a six-lane bridge and acceleration and deceleration lanes.
Project Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Amount Requested: $100,000,000
Justification: This project would eliminate a bottleneck on US-82 between a six-lane section of US-82 in the City of Tuscaloosa and the section of US-82 in the City of Northport that is currently under construction to widen to six-lanes with state funds.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: Alabama State Port Authority
Project Purpose: The Intermodal and Terminal Expansion Project, which includes: rail infrastructure and improvements in North Alabama, including the construction of an inland container intermodal transfer facility; expansion of the Port of Mobile container terminal, including the addition of a container ship berth and handling yard in Mobile, as well as replacement, refurbishment, and upgrades to existing piers; and intermodal and freight rail infrastructure improvements at Birmingham, including adding new track, switches, and related appurtenances to improve both freight and intermodal rail traffic flow, increase capacity, improve service reliability, and establish container intermodal rail service between the Port of Mobile and Birmingham.
Project Location: Mobile, Alabama
Amount Requested: $200,000,000
Justification: This funding would provide efficient and cost-effective intermodal connections into Alabama and key Midwest transportation hubs to/from the Port of Mobile. The project creates jobs and economic development while also addressing national supply chain bottlenecks and increasing transportation capacity to meet the needs of manufacturing and retail/distribution shippers. 

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: Tuscaloosa National Airport
Project Purpose: For design, planning, and construction of additional runway length at the Tuscaloosa National Airport.
Project Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Amount Requested: $26,000,000
Justification: This project provides a direct, long-term infrastructure investment to enable, promote, and sustain support for industrial freight movement and economic development projects.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: Abbeville Municipal Airport
Project Purpose: For design, planning, and construction of additional runway length at the Abbeville Municipal Airport.
Project Location: Abbeville, Alabama
Amount Requested: $13,000,000
Justification: The existing runway length of 2,900 feet is insufficient to meet the needs of the airport. Extending the runway to 5,000 feet will support economic development efforts in the area.

 

 

LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine
Project Purpose: Construction of a new biomedical research building
Project Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Amount Requested: $76,000,000
Justification: The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) research enterprise is comprised of approximately 1,200 externally funded investigators who have been at the forefront of significant scientific discoveries that contribute to the advancement of healthcare for the state, the nation, and the world. These medical innovations and discoveries have dramatically improved the treatments for a number of diseases and conditions and have improved overall patient outcomes in neurologic diseases, cancer, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and others. To advance UAB’s biomedical research, the UAB School of Medicine has developed a strategic plan to grow its research enterprise by approximately 150 externally funded investigators by the year 2027. A new Biomedical Research Building is critical to achieving the School of Medicine’s strategic plan. This facility will provide space for approximately 60 additional lead investigators and their teams. The School of Medicine proposes to construct a new state of the art wet-laboratory Biomedical Research Building, which will provide the opportunity for discovery and application of knowledge in support of investigators working across the interdisciplinary fields of cancer, neurosciences, cardiology, genetics, the microbiome, infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and immunology. Moreover, the Biomedical Research Building will directly benefit a number of clinical and basic science departments across the School of Medicine, including Pediatrics, Neurology, Medicine, Dermatology, Microbiology, Surgery, Genetics, Psychiatry, Neurobiology, and Pathology. A building of approximately 190,000 gross square feet is required to accomplish the School of Medicine’s strategic research plan. The anticipated project costs are approximately $152 million, half of which was funded in fiscal year 2022, allowing for a completed project ready for new investigators and new discoveries beginning in the summer of 2025.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Project Purpose: For a permanent endowment fund at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa to support the recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty in science and engineering.
Project Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Amount Requested: $50,000,000
Justification: The long-term goal of the fund is to build a critical mass of exceptional science and engineering faculty that makes the University of Alabama’s programs competitive with the most prestigious in the nation, in turn attracting the best and brightest students and creating a talent pipeline that fuels investment and job creation in Alabama.

 

Member Name & State: Senator Richard C. Shelby, Alabama
Recipient Name: Spring Hill College
Project Purpose: Construction of a Nursing and Health Sciences building
Project Location: Mobile, Alabama
Amount Requested: $35,000,000
Justification: Spring Hill College, Alabama’s oldest institution of higher education, aims to construct a cross-disciplinary facility to house the Division of Nursing and accommodate the needs of other healthcare and STEM-related majors. With additional space, the College intends to help tackle the nursing shortage, stimulate the growth of STEM-related careers, and address the decline of mathematics and science teachers. A new building provides increased capacity, community outreach, enrollment, and, ultimately, a larger pool of qualified nurses, physicians, engineers, scientists, and teachers.