Mar 10 2022
FY22 Appropriations Build on Significant Growth of FBI Presence in North Alabama
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on defense, today applauded Senate passage of a comprehensive appropriations package containing all 12 Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) spending bills, which passed by a vote of 68-31 and includes $570 million for FBI construction at Redstone Arsenal. The package was passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday and will now be sent to the President’s desk for his signature.
“Growing the FBI’s presence in Huntsville has been a priority of mine for quite some time, and I am proud to have helped bring it to fruition,” said Senator Shelby. “This new construction will further solidify Redstone Arsenal’s position as one of the biggest and most powerful bases throughout the country and will build on the extraordinary workforce and sophisticated mission. Huntsville’s growing defense industry has been extremely beneficial for the nation, and this FBI funding seeks to build upon that momentum.”
Since FY19, Senator Shelby has proactively led efforts to promote the construction of new FBI buildings in Huntsville and increased flow of FBI staff to Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal complex. Starting in 2006, Senator Shelby began prioritizing FBI funding with the creation of the FBI Laboratory's Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC). From 2006 to 2018, he successfully funded $625.3 million for the FBI through his work on the Senate Appropriations Committee. During his time as Appropriations Committee Chairman, Senator Shelby secured $332.5 million for FBI construction in FY19, $435 million in FY20, and $514.2 million in FY21. With the additional resources secured in the FY22 funding package, more than $2.48 billion has been appropriated for this expansion project.