Nov 03 2003

SHELBY ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF THE EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL FOR DEFENSE AND RECONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today Senate approval of the Conference Report for H.R. 3289, the FY 2004 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased the Senate has approved $87.5 billion in funding to support our troops participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and critical reconstruction efforts in these two liberated countries. This $65.75 billion in defense spending and $21.8 billion in reconstruction and foreign assistance funding is essential to our success in establishing security and self government for and by the Iraqi and Afghan people."

 

ARMY DEPOT MAINTENANCE

Sen. Shelby said, "The Conference agreement includes $1.47 billion to begin to reset the Army force. In addition to the $1.22 billion in the President's request, we have increased funding for Unit Level Maintenance by $155 million and Depot Maintenance Second Destination Transportation by $127.6 million. This funding will help the Army execute its reset plan and allow them to bring this equipment back to the depots for necessary overhaul and repair."

"I am pleased Anniston Army Depot will play a leading role in the Army's repair plan for combat equipment used with such great effect in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our workforce is the very best, and I will continue to work with the Army and support their efforts to meet this major force reset challenge."