Mar 10 2022

Shelby: Senate Passes FY22 Package, Important Domestic Funding

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on defense, today voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) omnibus appropriations package, which contains all 12 spending bills and roughly $14 billion in emergency aid to support humanitarian, security, and economic assistance for Ukraine and our Central European partners following the Russian invasion.  The package was passed in the Senate by a vote of 68-31.  The package was passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday and will now be sent to the President’s desk for his signature.

 

“This bill importantly invests in a host of domestic priorities, including medical research, agriculture, local infrastructure, and rural communities.  These resources will bolster needed advancements, promote economic development, and encourage job creation.  I am pleased that we have succeeded in securing this funding for Alabama, and I look forward to the impact it will have on our state and the nation.  Alabama has always played a major role on the national stage.  This funding will only accelerate the pace of that success,” said Senator Shelby.

 

Domestic funding in the FY22 package received an increase of $42 billion, equal to the rise in defense funding.  The legislation supports biomedical research with nearly $45 billion in NIH funding, which has increased 51 percent over the past seven years, and provides $1 billion to establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to identify breakthroughs in diseases like Alzheimer's or cancer.  Further, the spending bills support our highways, airports, ports, and other critical infrastructure investments and secure funding to promote economic and community development.

 

The package contains the following domestic funding provisions impacting Alabama:

Impacting North Alabama:

  • $25 million for the Fish and Wildlife Service to combat Asian Carp and enhance efforts in sub-basins of the Mississippi River, which includes key areas of Alabama in the Tennessee and Cumberland basins.
  • $500,000 for the Invasive Species Mitigation Plan to begin the planning, design, initial engineering and project management for construction of carp barriers in the Mississippi River Basin and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
  • $1.15 million to assist the National Park Service in acquiring land for the Little River Canyon National Preserve near Lookout Mountain, Alabama.

 

Impacting Tuscaloosa:

  • $50 million for the University of Alabama for a permanent endowment fund to support the recruitment and retention of exceptional faculty in science and engineering.
  • $37 million to support staffing and operations at the National Water Center, which is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
  • $20 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute that will assist NOAA and the NWC in addressing the nation’s growing water-related challenges.
  • $12 million for the Coastal Inlet Research Program, which supports collaboration with the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa to address coastal resilience needs, measure coastal forces, and improve terrestrial and coastal modeling.
  • Provides funding to the U.S. Geological Survey to support the new USGS Hydrological Instrumentation facility, which will be located at the University of Alabama:
    • $13.5 million to support integrated water prediction operations;
    • $4 million to assist in future hydrological research and operational efforts;
    • $4.5 million for university partnerships for innovative water resource technologies.

 

Impacting the Birmingham Area:

  • $76 million for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine to build a new biomedical research building.
  • $44.9 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an increase of $2.25 billion above FY21 funding level.
  • $6.86 billion for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), an increase of $353.7 million from FY21.
  • $45 million to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) for chronic disease centers, which supports research at UAB.
  • $882 million for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).
  • $606.65 million for Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs), which continues funding for a $50 million CTSA award at UAB.
  • $18 million in grant funding for Regional Pediatric Pandemic Network for Children’s Hospitals, which benefits UAB and Children’s of Alabama.
  • $52 million in targeted funds for Regional Biocontainment Laboratories to test FDA-approved drugs at research institutions across the country, including UAB.
  • $25.8 million in Poison Control Centers, which supports Alabama’s Poison Control Center located in Birmingham and is affiliated with Children’s of Alabama.
  • $30 million in funding for Alabama’s Northern Beltline of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
  • Funding to support the Department of Energy’s National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Alabama.

 

Impacting Auburn:

  • Provides funding to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), which supports current research initiatives at Auburn University:
    • $3 million, $1.5 million above the FY21 enacted level, for the Animal Health and Agro Bio Defense Center of Excellence;
    • $6 million, $1 million above the FY21 enacted level, to address cotton blue disease;
    • $3 million for sustainable and advanced technologies for poultry processing;
    • $2 million to reduce mixed infections in warm water aquaculture;
    • $2 million for biomass conversion technologies at the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory located at Auburn University;
    • $4 million for aquaponics system development;
    • $3 million for advanced poultry production technology development;
    • $1.5 million for alternative technologies for poultry waste utilization;
    • $1.2 million to study harmful algal bloom impact on aquaculture;
    • $1 million for dietary manipulation to improve gut health in broiler production;
    • Maintains funding for foodborne pathogens and shrimp production research.
  • $5 million for research on forest carbon sequestration and pine needle blight, which supports work conducted at Auburn University.
  • $5 million to support disease diagnostics efforts at Fish and Wildlife Service’s Warm Springs Fish Health Center, which collaborates with Auburn University’s Southeast Cooperative Fish Parasite & Disease Laboratory.

 

Impacting the Mobile Area:

  • $100 million for improvements to the Mobile Downtown Airport, including funding to purchase land, conduct surveys, and renovate and relocate on-site facilities.
  • $132 million for improvements to the Port of Mobile, including for the design and construction of docks, wharves, and piers, as well as for land acquisition and site development.
  • $67 million for freight and intermodal rail infrastructure improvements at the Port of Mobile and the Montgomery inland intermodal transfer facility.
  • $60 million for the construction of a medical science building at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.
  • $5 million to ensure successful implementation of NOAA’s “Reef Fish Amendment 50,” which delegates the federal management of red snapper to the Gulf Coast states, including language delaying state specific recalibration until 2023.
  • $3 million to support implementation of electronic logbooks for federally permitted Gulf Coast charter-fishermen.
  • $65 million to support dredging of the Port of Mobile and multiple inland and intercostal waterways throughout the State of Alabama.
  • $50 million for the operations and maintenance of Donor and Energy Transfer Ports, which benefits the Port of Mobile.

 

State-wide funding:

    • $198 million for Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations; including language to exempt watershed projects that impact areas greater than 250,000 acres, which helps expand irrigation agriculture projects in Alabama.
    • $3 million to continue the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) pilot program to assist statewide departments of agriculture and forestry commissions, including the Alabama Forestry Commission, in controlling the spread of cogongrass.
    • $775 million for the RAISE grant program, which provides federal investment to support road, rail, and transit projects.
    • $1 billion for the INFRA grant program, which provides federal funding for highway and freight projects of national and regional significance. 
    • $18 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which provides assistance for Alabama airports, including:
        • Grants-in-aid for airports;
        • Contract towers;
        • Research for advanced materials and structural safety;
        • Research on airfield pavement; and
        • Aviation workforce grants.
    • $600,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers to continue a feasibility study on riverine fish passages at Claiborne and Millers Ferry Locks and Dams on the lower Alabama River.
    • $25 million for the EPSCoR program, which provides federal support for sustainable and competitive energy research in eligible states and territories.
    • $30 million for the Delta Regional Authority, including $15 million for flood control, basic public infrastructure development, and transportation improvements.
    • $45 million in continued funding for Department of Labor Workforce Opportunities in the Delta Regional Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission regions, which funds workforce development initiatives throughout the state.
    • $4.2 million for renovations to the federal courthouse in Selma.
    • $1.75 billion in funding for Community Health Centers, which will help fund 126 community health centers in rural areas across Alabama.
    • $375 million in grant funding for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education, which will increase Pediatric residencies at Children’s & Women’s Hospital in Mobile and Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.
    • $4.4 million for State Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plans, which will support the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ efforts to prevent and control the spread of aquatic nuisance species throughout the State of Alabama.
    • $180 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, including $50 million for the POWER initiative that provides federal funding to help communities and regions affected by job losses in coal mining and coal power plant operations.
    • $440 million for charter schools.

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