Jul 17 2003

SENATE PASSES DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL: FUNDING FOR ANNISTON PROJECTS INCLUDED

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) announced today that the Senate passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2004. Included in the bill is funding for Anniston defense programs.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the Senate approved funding for these important Anniston defense-related programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness. Today's passage demonstrates our commitment to national security."

M113 FOV UPGRADE PROGRAM
Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes $25 million for M113 Carrier and track production. This tracked vehicle continues to be one of the workhorses of the U.S. Army. Even as the Army transforms, this program is a priority for me and for my constituents. The work will be completed in the Anniston area."

M1 ABRAMS TANK
Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes a total of $94.9 million for the Abrams Upgrade Program and $196.6 million for M1 Abrams Tank Mods. The M1 Abrams tank has been and continues to be the most lethal ground combat system in existence anywhere. It is the backbone of our heavy forces and has been at the core of the work done at the Anniston Army Depot for many years. This funding represents our commitment to recapitalization and modernization of our legacy forces."

HYDRA 70 ROCKETS
Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes $61.9 million for procurement of Hydra 70 Rockets. This weapon gives Army aviators a critical strike capability. The rockets are produced in the Anniston area."

STRYKER
Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes $990 million for procurement of the Stryker family of vehicles. Anniston Army Depot plays a significant role in this program. Stryker production in Anniston continues to gain momentum. This program is a critical part of the Army's Transformation effort, and I am pleased that Anniston is helping to lead the Army into the future."

The Department of Defense Appropriations Bill will now go to a Conference Committee with members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.