Dec 21 2005


Senate Approves Defense Appropriations Bill Conference Report

WASHINGTON, DC -- U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced U.S. Senate approval of important funding for South Alabama included in the amended version of Department of Defense Appropriations bill conference report for fiscal year 2006. The Senate amended the conference report to remove provisions relating to oil exploration in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The amended legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 93 - 0. The legislation must now return to the House of Representatives for a vote. Upon passage, the legislation will be sent to the President’s desk for his signature.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the bill includes funding for these important South Alabama defense-related programs. They are critical to the stability of our nation's military infrastructure and readiness, and today's approval demonstrates our commitment to national security. In total, this bill provides $453.28 billion for new defense-related needs, including $50 billion for contingency operations related to the Global War on Terror.”


Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that our bill includes $715.992 million for the DD(X) destroyer. The DD(X) destroyer is currently in the construction phase and will replace the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates and Spruance class destroyers. The DD(X) will provide land attack support for ground forces as well as perform anti-air, anti-surface and undersea warfare.”


Senator Shelby said, “The Tarawa-class LHA provides the Marine Corps with a superb means of ship-to-shore movement by featuring expanded aviation capabilities. The largest of all amphibious warfare ships, the LHA Replacement will have the ability to carry between 20 and 25 of the multi-service, multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). I am pleased that our bill includes $150.447 million for this important vessel.”


Senator Shelby said, “The committee approved an additional $440 million for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, which will provide for the construction of 2 additional ships above the President’s request for 1 ship. The LCS represents an important capability for the Navy and will give our naval forces a new, transformational system with the ability to network manned and unmanned air and sea assets from the single ship configuration up to participation in a Carrier Battle Group. Additionally, the LCS provides the Navy the maneuverability to operate anywhere.”

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