Sep 15 2005


Senate Approves Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC --- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (CJS), today announced Senate approval of important projects in North Alabama included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill. Following today’s action by the Senate, this bill will now go to a conference committee with the House of Representatives.

Earlier this year, Senator Shelby assumed the Chairmanship of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee. The subcommittee's jurisdiction includes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Departments of Commerce and Justice among others.

Senator Shelby said, “NOAA provides many critical functions to hurricane prediction and warning, and our bill restores the eight percent reduction from last year’s NOAA funding. Our bill includes $4.5 billion for NOAA, which includes $5.8 million for the National Hurricane Center. Additionally, this bill funds a number of other important projects in Alabama and across the nation. The Senate’s action on this bill reiterates our commitment to advancing numerous, nationwide initiatives.”

Space Shuttle - $4.5 billion

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased our bill provides $4.5 billion in funding for the Space Shuttle. Marshall Space Flight Center has been working aggressively to safely return the Space Shuttle to flight, and their expertise has been critical to addressing the needs associated with returning the Shuttle to flight later this year. The funding also fully supports the work of the Shuttle Propulsion Office at Marshall which will continue to provide ongoing support for the Shuttle program.”

Constellation Systems - $1.1 billion

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes $1.1 billion for Constellation Systems, which encompasses programs for the Crew Exploration and Launch vehicles. The foundation being laid by this program in the bill will provide future opportunities for Marshall to fully participate in NASA's exploration vision.”

International Space Station

Senator Shelby said, “The legislation also provides continued support for the International Space Station (ISS), by fully supporting the Payload Operations Center at Marshall in anticipation of increased activity at the ISS once the Shuttle returns to flight. It also provides $18.1 million for ISS related activities in the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) which is managed at Marshall. The legislation further provides another $10 million for ECLSS related activities at Marshall in the Life Test program which will begin work for applications in the exploration vision related to future Moon and Mars missions.”

Propulsion Research Laboratory - $20 million

Senator Shelby said, “Future missions to the Moon and Mars will require significant propulsion requirements, for which Marshall has great expertise. The Propulsion Research Laboratory is provided $20 million to work on exploration propulsion needs for future missions.”

National Center for Advanced Manufacturing - $30 million

Senator Shelby said, “As NASA works to implement the exploration vision, the extensive use of novel advanced materials will be critical to the success of future exploration missions. The legislation provides $30 million to the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing, managed through Marshall, for research to extend the use of advanced components and materials in the design of new vehicles and spacecraft.”

Climate Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) - $1 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that our bill includes $1 million to provide UAH with the resources necessary to continue its research in global climate change and to provide policy makers and the public with the most up-to-date sound science available. As the debate regarding global warming continues, it is crucial that arguments on this matter be based on sound science. UAH is squarely involved in the international global warming debate, having pioneered the production of satellite-based global temperature products which have been incorporated into the highest levels of national and international reports.”

NOAA Tornado Center - $2 million

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to establish a severe thunderstorm and tornado research program in coordination with NASA, NOAA and UAH.”

Remote Sensing Center - $2 million

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will establish a NOAA Center at UAH for advancing our knowledge and understanding of the environment through the use of information and remote sensing technologies, both ground and space-based.”

FBI Intelligence and Training Center at Redstone Arsenal - $15,108,000

Senator Shelby said, “In order to train the FBI’s agents, analysts as well as State and local law enforcement, our bill includes over $15 million to construct a new regional intelligence and training center at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. This center is expected to strengthen the FBI’s intelligence training capability by enhancing basic, specialized and advanced intelligence training, as well as regional training and training for state and local law enforcement agencies. I am pleased that this new, much-need training facility will be coming to Huntsville.”

SURA Coastal Ocean Observing System - $2.5 million

Senator Shelby said, “Included in our bill is $2.5 million for the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) Coastal Ocean Observing System. The goal of this program, of which UAH is a participant, is to implement a system to provide comprehensive, real-time access to observational data and numerical forecasts of coastal hazards and threats as well as phenomena of routine interest to a host of operational stakeholders.”

Explosives Training and Research Facility - $5 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this legislation provides $5 million for site design and development of an Explosives Training and Research Facility for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to provide post blast research and training at Redstone Arsenal. This addition will compliment the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School, as well as NASA’s research expertise. This training facility will provide Federal, State, and local law enforcement, one-stop training for explosives. The synergies created by the co-location of these agencies will create a training and research component at Redstone that exists no where else in the world.”

The following State and nationwide projects and programs are slated to receive funds in the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2006:

NOAA Weather Radio Receivers - $50,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that our bill includes $50,000 which will provide weather radios for 1000 Alabama schools. These radios will provide our schools with up-to-the-minute information about storm warnings and ensure that our schools are prepared in the event of a dangerous weather event.”

Hydrology Study - $1 million

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes $1 million for researchers at the University of Alabama, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Auburn University, Alabama A & M University, and Tuskegee University to begin in-depth hydrology research to determine whether large-scale irrigation is a viable option for the Southeast. This study will also provide critical information for both farmers and local government regarding the health of the State’s water resources.”

Inland Waterways Study - $750,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to explore how transportation, particularly the use of Alabama's inland waterways, can better enable U.S. manufacturers and producers to compete for new trade opportunities. Greater use of our inland waterways for the transport of freight has the potential to reduce the number of trucks required and therefore alleviate some of the highway congestion motorists currently encounter.”

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Quality Growth initiative - $7 million

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes $7 million for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Quality Growth initiative. This nationwide program will continue Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ record of commitment to ensure that at-risk children have caring adults in their lives.”

Big Brothers/Big Sisters is comprised of over 450 local agencies, eight of which are in Alabama, serving youth between the ages of five and eighteen. They serve over 225,000 children in community, school and site based mentoring programs to provide children with meaningful, mentoring relationships.

Victims of Crime Act fund

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased our bill maintains the Victims of Crime Act fund as it was in previous fiscal years. This ensures that important women’s shelters, children advocacy centers, and Violence Against Women’s Act related activities are maintained.”

Boys and Girls Club - $85 million

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes $85 million for Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The important programs of the Boys and Girls Clubs provide our nation's youth with a safe place to learn and grow in a fun environment.”

Methamphetamine Enforcement and Clean-up - $60.1 million

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes $60.1 million for State and local law-enforcement officials to combat methamphetamine production and distribution. This program will also work to target drug hot spots and remove and dispose of hazardous materials at clandestine methamphetamine labs.”

FBI’s “Innocent Lost” initiative - $1.604 million

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for the FBI’s “Innocent Lost” initiative, which addresses the growing problem of domestic child prostitution. The FBI, in coordination with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, aggressively identify, investigate, and prosecute crimes of this nature.”

Missing Children Programs - $48 Million

The following missing children programs will receive funding:

  • $24 million for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

  • $3 million for Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center

  • $15.5 million to combat internet crimes

  • $1.5 million for Missing Children Office within the Department of Justice

  • $4 million for the AMBER alert program

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased our bill includes this funding, as we must continue to invest resources in these programs to ensure the safety of our nation’s children.”

Hollings’ Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program - $106 Million

Senator Shelby said, “The Hollings’ Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program continues to be a success story by partnering federal, state, public and private entities in order to assist small and mid-sized American manufacturers modernize so that they may compete in the global marketplace.”

Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) - $515,087,000

Senator Shelby said, “The COPS grant program aims to help law enforcement agencies implement and enhance community policing. COPS funding helps law enforcement agencies across America meet an ever-increasing range of challenges with community policing. Many police departments in Alabama have taken advantage of these grants, and I am pleased we included these funds in our bill.”

State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance grants - $1,078,350,000

Senator Shelby said, “The State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance grants is a partnership among federal, state and local governments to create safer communities. I am pleased that over $1 billion has been included in our bill for this important program.”

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - $350 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased our bill provides $350 million for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.”

Economic Development Administration - $314,924,000

Senator Shelby, “The Economic Development Administration provides grants to local governments and non-profit agencies for public works, planning and other projects designed to facilitate economic development. I am pleased that within these funds includes $16 million for trade adjustment assistance.”

Regional Information Sharing System - $40 Million

Senator Shelby said, “The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program is composed of six regional centers that share intelligence and coordinate efforts against criminal networks that operate in many locations across jurisdictional lines. Typical targets of RISS activities are drug trafficking, terrorism, violent crime, cybercrime, gang activity, and organized criminal activities.”

Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - $112 million

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill includes $100 million in funding for EPSCoR within the National Science Foundation and another $12 million within NASA to strengthen research and education throughout Alabama and other states across the country and to broaden the research base of the Nation.”

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