WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today voted to approve the first of two comprehensive appropriations packages that together contain all 12 Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) appropriations measures, H.R. 1865. The legislation, which passed the Senate by a vote of 71-23, contains funding for various Alabama priorities.
“Completing the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations process is good news for the nation and Alabama,” said Senator Shelby. “From investing in our state’s infrastructure and supporting agricultural development to funding groundbreaking medical research, this package addresses many important priorities. I am proud of this bipartisan agreement and look forward to witnessing the positive impact this funding will have in my home state.”
H.R. 1865 contains the following provisions impacting Alabama:
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies:
- The final bill retains the $25 million increase for Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) for a total of $175 million, with a $70 million set-aside for certain projects.
- Includes $20 million for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Building and Facilities improvements for seafood safety to support FDA’s Dauphin Island Lab.
- Contains $5 million for the Rural Water and Waste pilot.
- The bill includes language specifying that Rural Water and Waste Disposal program account that projects utilizing iron and steel shall use iron and steel products produced in the United States.
- Includes $5 million to combat cotton blue disease, $3 million for advanced poultry production technology development, $1.5 million for alternative technologies for poultry waste utilization, $1.2 million to study harmful algal bloom impacts on aquaculture, an additional $1 million for shrimp aquaculture research, and $1 million to explore salmonella exposure in livestock at Auburn University. Auburn will also continue to partner with Agricultural Research Services for training and workforce development of scientists for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility.
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: $1 million increase for Cogongrass Management.
- Farm Service Agency: Report language is included that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to modify its regulations so that producers of farm-raised fish are eligible for death losses under ELAP and that bird predation and disease be deemed eligible loss conditions.
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: Maintains FY2019 funding for the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program.
Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies:
Corps of Engineers:
- $378 million recommended in the Construction account for a Regional Dredge Demonstration Program in the central Gulf of Mexico. Mobile Harbor would be eligible for these additional funds.
- Includes a new regional dredge demonstration program for the Central Gulf Coast which will explore innovative ways of executing dredging in a logical and sequenced manner to seek efficiencies, cost savings, and minimize disruptions to critical construction and maintenance dredging requirements across the nation.
- $50 million above the budget request in the Operation and Maintenance account for Donor and Energy Transfer Ports. Funds will benefit Mobile Harbor.
- $10.975 million for Coastal Inlets Research Program in the Operation and Maintenance account and report language recommending additional funding to establish a multi-university-led effort for connecting terrestrial and coastal models and to continue work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa on protecting the nation’s water resources.
- Includes $16 million for Aquatic Nuisance Control Research in the Operation and Maintenance account for research and development related to harmful algal blooms.
Department of Energy:
- $230 million for a new program to demonstrate Advanced Reactors and an additional $55 million for Advanced Reactor Technologies, including $20 million for the industry-led Advanced Reactor Concepts program.
- $25 million for the EPSCoR program and requested language regarding biennial implementation of grant solicitations.
- Funding to support the Department of Energy’s National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, consistent with the cooperative agreement.
- $56 million for Academic Alliances and Partnerships within the National Nuclear Security Administration, and report language encouraging new centers of excellence in materials research.
- $30 million for the Delta Regional Authority, including $15 million for flood control, basic public infrastructure development, and transportation improvements.
- $175 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, including $16 million for a program of industrial site and workforce development in Southern and South Central Appalachia, of which $13.5 million is for Southern Appalachia.
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies:
- Fish and Wildlife Service Asian Carp – Provides $25 million, an increase of $14 million, to combat Asian Carp and enhance efforts in sub-basins of the Mississippi River, which includes key areas of Alabama.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Technical Assistance Grant Programs – For the two programs for rural technical assistance, one increased to $17.7 million, which is a $2.7 million increase, and a new program is funded at $13 as requested.
- Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement Abandoned Mine Land Pilot Program - $115 million is included, equal to the fiscal year 2019 enacted level.
- Use of Iron and Steel – The bill continues a general provision to ensure that EPA requires the use of American iron and steel in State Revolving Fund projects.
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies:
- $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- Includes $45 million in NIH for chronic disease centers; and
- $50 million for NIH biomedical research facilities.
- $6.44 billion for National Cancer Institute (NCI), an increase of $299.4 million, including $200 million in targeted funding for NCI competitive grants.
- $832.9 million for NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, an increase of $26.5 million.
- $578.1 million for Clinical and Translational Science Award, an increase of $18.4 million.
- $500 million for the All of Us precision medicine study, a $161 million increase.
- $25 million in targeted funding for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act.
- $3.8 billion in opioid funding, including $1.5 billion for State Opioid Response Grants.
- $3.9 billion for mental health programs, an increase of $328 million.
- $50 million in funding for Medical Student Education for states with highest projected physician shortages, including $15 million for supplemental grants and $35 million to fund the remaining 2019 applicants.
- $1.3 billion, an increase of $20 million, for Career and Technical Education state grants.
- $30 million in continued funding for Department of Labor Workforce Opportunities for Rural Communities in the Delta Regional Authority and Appalachian Regional Commission regions.
- Funds three military construction projects totaling $84 million in Alabama:
- Includes $38 million for an Aircraft and Flight Equipment Building at Redstone Arsenal;
- $12 million for a National Guard Readiness Center in Foley; and
- $34 million for Enlisted Transient Training Barracks in Anniston.
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies:
- Provides funding for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program.
- Provides funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
- Grants-in-aid for airports;
- Contract towers;
- Research for advanced materials and structural safety;
- Research on airfield pavement; and
- Aviation workforce grants.
- Provides funding for Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) INFRA grants.
- Includes $30 million in funding for Alabama’s Appalachian Development Highway System.
- Includes funding for Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) CRISI grants, the Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant Program, and Port Infrastructure grants, and Community Development Block grants.