While my office in the Hart Senate Office Building remains closed indefinitely, the important job of representing the people of Alabama continues uninterrupted. The past weeks have seen substantial progress on work to complete the annual appropriations bills, and I have worked diligently with other members of the Alabama delegation to secure funding for important projects throughout the state. Congress also continues to press ahead with legislation to confront the challenges we face in the post-September 11th world. The Senate quickly completed work on a bipartisan Counter-Terrorism bill that President Bush recently signed into law, and will soon consider an Aviation Security bill, which will help to safeguard our nation's air transportation system. On Tuesday of this week, the Senate unanimously confirmed three nominees for district judgeships, among them Karon O. Bowdre for Alabama's Northern District. The message of our government has been clear, while we will take every precaution to ensure the safety of elected officials, their staffs and the public, the criminal activities of terrorists will not be allowed to disrupt the operation of the greatest democratic institution the world has ever known.
For the time being, my congressional office has moved into a temporary location in the Russell Senate Office Building. My staff has made the adjustment into operating out of a different space, but we still face security restrictions implemented by law enforcement and health officials in response to the anthrax contaminations found in several locations around the Capitol complex. Currently, all mail sent to United States Senate offices is being temporarily held, screened and cleansed so that it may eventually be delivered. I would encourage anyone wishing to send correspondence through the mail to contact one of my five offices in Alabama for the address of the state office closest to them. They may be reached at the following numbers: Tuscaloosa, (205) 759-5047; Birmingham, (205) 731-1384; Huntsville, (256) 772-0460; Mobile, (251) 694-4164 and Montgomery, at (334) 223-7303. My staff will be able to provide all the necessary information to assist in any concerns, questions and comments constituents may have.
Short of receiving mail, my office in Washington D. C. is open for business as usual. To contact my office in D. C., please call at (202) 224-5744. I may also be reached by fax, at (202) 228-1395. In addition, my office has recently undergone a significant software upgrade to our e-mail system, which will allow for a faster response to constituent concerns. To reach me by e-mail, please access my web site at https://www.shelby.senate.gov.
I am confident that Senators with offices in the Hart building will be moving back in as soon as it is deemed safe. No signs of anthrax have been found in my office in Hart, and thankfully all of my staff in Washington have tested negative for anthrax exposure. The business of Washington continues, as does the day-to-day business of Americans throughout the country. While the events of the past few weeks are another reminder of the threat we face, America's response has demonstrated that we are united toward winning the war on terrorism. The words and actions of Congress will mirror the resolve of Americans, and we will continue to conduct the business of our great nation.