Jul 19 2001

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVAL FOR MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER AND NORTH ALABAMA PROJECTS

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today the VA/HUD and Independent Agencies Subcommittee's approval of funding requests for Marshall Space Flight Center and other North Alabama projects. The Subcommittee approved several Alabama-related projects at the request of Senator Shelby.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that my colleagues recognized the merits of my funding requests."

The following project requests, were funded by the subcommittee:

$333.6 million - SPACE STATION RESEARCH
"The Subcommittee granted my request to provide additional funding for the Space Staion," said Shelby. "Our bill provides the Space Station with an additional $50 million in funding over the President's budget request."

$3 million - U.S. SPACE AND ROCKET CENTER, EDUCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER
"This construction of an educational training center is very important to the space program-securing full funding for this project has been a top priority. This new facility would also serve Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Aviation and Missile Command," said Shelby.

$3 million - NATIONAL SPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER, SOUTHEASTERN VIRTUAL CONSORTIUM FOR EXTREME EVENT RESEARCH
"These funds will be used for the development of the Southeastern Virtual Consortium for Extreme Event Research (SEVEER) to conduct research on atmospheric natural hazards," said Shelby.

$475 million - SPACE LAUNCH INITIATIVE (SLI)
"This project is very important to me and to the space program-securing full funding for this project has been a top priority for me. The work done at Marshall Space Flight Center to develop these new propulsion systems will ultimately lower the cost of going to space," said Shelby.

$455 million - SHUTTLE SAFETY UPGRADES
"These funds will allow NASA to improve the safety and reliability of the Shuttle orbiters. The Shuttle remains the cornerstone of our Nation's heavy launch capability and is critical to the future of the Space Station and scientific research," said Shelby.