Jun 17 2004

SHELBY SECURES INCREASED FUNDING FOR CASA AIRCRAFT

Appropriations Committee Agrees to Additional $10 Million for Plane

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced funding for Mobile area projects included in the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The bill passed the full Appropriations Committee today and is now headed to the Senate floor for consideration.

CASA Aircraft - $15.25 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased that we added an additional $10 million in our bill totaling $15.25 million for the CASA aircraft (CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft). These funds will allow the U.S. Coast Guard to procure a third aircraft and will move them towards procurement of additional aircraft, which are used in the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program.”

14 Mile CSX Railroad Bridge on the Mobile River - $5 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased the Appropriations Committee recognized the need to provide the remaining 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.