Nov 01 2001

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES ALABAMA FUNDING

Senate Approves Funding for the Auburn University Canine Detection Training Center

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee announced the approval of funding for Auburn University.

At Sen. Shelby's request, the Senate approved $1 million for the Auburn University Canine Detection Training Center. The funding will allow Auburn University to develop a curriculum for the training of law enforcement dogs to combat and respond to terrorist activities specifically related to chemical and biological threats.

"Funding for this Center comes at a crucial time," said Shelby. "This money will allow Auburn University to help our nation prepare for what many view as the next major threat to the United States."

Also included in the bill were funds for several other Alabama and national projects. The bill includes $4 million for repairs and alterations to the Montgomery Federal Building and Courthouse; $11.29 million in funding for the construction and design of the Mobile's Courthouse Annex; and $3.009 million to fully fund the Exploited Child Unit of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The funds were included in the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Conference Report that passed the Senate. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law.