Jun 29 2018

Shelby Announces Critical Funding for Anniston in Defense Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Defense, today announced full committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The $675 billion funding measure allows for essential investments in our military and supports programs to protect national security interests. The committee approved the legislation by a vote of 30-1.

“This bill sustains U.S. force structure and improves military readiness.  It also recommends investments in future technologies needed to defend our nation in an increasingly complex and competitive national security environment,” said Senator Shelby. “Our military must maintain its technological superiority and this bill does that through important investments in basic research, hypersonics, directed energy, missile defense, cybersecurity, and our test and evaluation infrastructure.”

Specifically, this measure contains funding that would impact programs in Anniston, supporting the area’s continued production of army vehicles that are critical to our national security.

“This measure further highlights Anniston’s strong national defense capabilities by providing essential funding for defense programs,” Shelby continued. “I am proud that Alabama remains a leader in serving our armed forces. I look forward to the full Senate’s consideration of this bipartisan measure.”

The legislation includes the following provisions impacting Anniston:

  • $230 million for Hydra rockets, which are built in Anniston and fired from Army and Marine Corps helicopters

Funding for Army Vehicles which are overhauled and maintained at Anniston Army Depot (ANAD):

  • $2.5 billion to continue modernizing M1 Abrams tanks
  • $392.6 million for Stryker vehicles
  • $459 million for Paladin Integrated Management artillery vehicles
  • $18 million in additional funding for M88A2 Hercules Improved Recovery vehicles

Additional details on the legislation are provided here.