May 04 2017

Shelby Announces Critical Funding for Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), today announced finalization of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill, which contains important funding and policy provisions for critical Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) programs at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

“Within prudent budgetary boundaries, this year’s funding bill achieves a careful balance between all of our competing national priorities, including law enforcement and national security, economic development, scientific research, and human space exploration,” said Senator Shelby. “I am pleased that this bill secures important funding for the Department of Justice and law enforcement programs essential to national, state, and local efforts. The Hazardous Devices School, TEDAC, and NCETR will continue to play a crucial role in protecting our nation.”

Background

  • FBI’s Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC): Provides no less than $61.5 million for TEDAC and rejects President Obama’s requested cut to eliminate these operations in Fiscal Year 2017. Provides an increase of $13.6 million to hire additional staff for new phases of operations coming online in Fiscal Year 2017.
  • FBI’s Hazardous Devices School (HDS): Provides full operational funding for the Hazardous Devices School, and rejects the former President’s proposed cuts to these operations. The funding also supports the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) explosives-related training operations.
  • Ballistic Research Facility: Supports the FBI’s Ballistic Research Facility, which will become operational at Redstone in Fiscal Year 2017.
  • FBI Construction at Redstone: Provides $76 million to finish on-going FBI construction projects at Redstone that involve TEDAC, HDS, and other operations and training programs.
  • ATF’s National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR): Fully funds ATF’s NCETR. It supports the U.S. Bomb Data Center move to Redstone and maintains the restart of advanced arson investigator training courses and additional training. The bill also allows for up to $2,500,000 to be made available for an advanced counter explosive device research program focusing on hypervelocity impact and hypervelocity flight dynamics.