Oct 12 2004


Senate passes Homeland Security Conference Report

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced funding for Mobile area projects included in the conference report to accompany H.R. 4567, the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The conference report passed the Senate today, and the President is expected to sign this legislation into law upon its arrival on his desk.

CASA Aircraft - $5.25 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased this legislation includes $5.25 million for the CASA aircraft (CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft). These funds will assist the U.S. Coast Guard with maintenance for these aircraft, which are integral to the Coast Guard’s mission.”

Earlier this year, EADS (European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company) North America announced the expansion of operations to Mobile with a new EADS CASA facility. All training for the CN-235 will take place at the U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Air Training Center in Mobile.

In addition, Senator Shelby was successful in ensuring that an effort by the House of Representatives to rescind funding for the purchase of a third CASA was not included in the final conference report. As such, these funds, which were secured in previous years appropriations, will be used to purchase a third CASA aircraft.

14 Mile CSX Railroad Bridge on the Mobile River - $5.5 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased the Senate recognized the need to provide continued funds to replace the 14 Mile CSX Railroad Bridge on the Mobile River. Replacement of the bridge will ensure safe marine navigation on the Mobile River, which is critical to maintaining the efficiency and reliability of waterways commerce through the Port of Mobile and along the Black Warrior-Tombigbee waterway system."

“The replacement of the bridge will save shippers millions of dollars annually in lost time and accidents, and will greatly assist in the shipment of cargo moving through the Alabama State Docks,” added Shelby.